The San Francisco 49ers had to say goodbye to Raheem Mostert’s running back in less than one game this season. Now, a whole month later, the inspiring leader of the Niners is finally going under the knife.
David Lombardi, of The Athletic, went on Twitter Tuesday, October 12th to report the news of Mostert’s surgery to repair the damaged knee cartilage he suffered during the first half of the Niners’ week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions.
“Raheem Mostert will be operated on his damaged knee cartilage today.” Lombardi wrote. “Kyle Shanahan said a few weeks ago that it usually takes time to find the right donor components for surgery. Mostert’s 49ers contract expires after this season. “
Mostert is likely to return to an NFL field. He said that on Tuesday, September 14th, when news broke that he would have to undergo end-of-season surgery for his knee injury.
Mostert went to twitter to share a message of hope with fans after reaching a decision based on advice from several doctors. His message was as follows:
The Niners veteran played in the league for seven years – a measure of longevity, especially for a running back – and sustained many injuries. He missed 8 starts for the Niners in 2020 and will miss 16 of 17 starts in 2021.
The many games in which Mostert failed, however, leave relatively little tread on his tires. According to the Pro Football Reference, he has only participated in 59 competitions during his career and only shot the ball 284 times in that time.
The evidence supports the analysis that Mostert is somewhat fragile, particularly because of the brutality of his position, but that he can recover from injury and, if so, still has bounce and value to a team.
However, it’s unclear if the Niners are looking for better value elsewhere, amid younger and more physically stable running backs on their roster.
Mostert is entering the final year of his contract with San Francisco, which will pay the RB $ 9 million in total for its last three seasons in the Bay Area. But when all is said and done, Mostert will have only played 25 of 49 regular season games in those three years. If the running back is not ready to accept a discount, it makes no sense for the Niners to pursue another contract for Mostert.
San Francisco showed that adding young backfield reinforcements to the roster was a priority in this year’s NFL draft as they picked Trey Sermon in round three and Elijah Mitchell in round five. Both started at Mostert’s position this season and will continue to play with rookie contracts for a few more years.
Jeff Wilson Jr., who led the Niners despite his own injuries last season and played behind Mostert when he was healthy, is expected to return to the active squad in November after injuring his knee in the preseason.