CHICAGO — Running back Elijah Mitchell’s season opener ended prematurely because of a knee injury.
Mitchell was ruled out in the second quarter, after gaining 41 yards on six carries and helping the 49ers build a 7-0 lead over the Chicago Bears.
As for how serious of an injury it is, that’s to be announced. Mitchell was evaluated in the 49ers’ sideline medical tent and remained on the bench before walking with his teammates to the locker room at halftime.
How Mitchell got hurt was not immediately known, but it appeared he may have been rolled into by Bears linebacker Nicolas Morrow after Mitchell helped block on Deebo Samuel’s touchdown run.
The 49ers turned to Samuel, quarterback Trey Lance and veteran rusher Jeff Wilson Jr. for their ensuing rushing attack. Undrafted rookie Jordan Mason was the only other running back in uniform and he didn’t take an offensive snap in the first half.
Ty Davis-Price, a third-round draft pick this year, was among the seven players inactived before the game.
Mitchell gained 16 yards on his opening run of the season, and he had carries of 6, 11 and 1 yard early in the touchdown drive.
Mitchell is coming off an injury-marred rookie season. He had 963 yards but missed six games.