The San Francisco 49ers lost more than they did in their first game of the season on Sunday. San Francisco’s running back Christian McCaffrey left the team’s 19-17 upset loss to the Cleveland Browns in the second half with an oblique injury.
McCaffrey’s injury happened in the third quarter, but he wasn’t ruled out of subsequent matches until early in the fourth quarter with San Francisco 17-13. His initial questionable designation came late in the third quarter with the 49ers trailing, 13-10, but the All-Pro quickly came back in the match. His return did not last long.
Christian McCaffrey joined Deebo Samuel on the sidelines. The receiver was ruled out earlier in the game with a shoulder injury. Samuel played only eight snaps.
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said after the loss that the team did not yet know the severity of both player’s injuries. Samuel’s X-rays were negative, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapport reported Sunday, per a source. The receiver will get more tests on Monday.
In 30 snaps, McCaffrey gathered 52 yards on 14 touches and San Francisco’s first score of the match, a 13-yard touchdown catch-and-run. With the touchdown, he tied the league record for most consecutive games with a scrimmage TD (15 games).
Elijah Mitchell and Jordan Mason share carries for San Francisco (5-1) in McCaffrey’s absence, with the latter scoring a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter. McCaffrey and Samuel will need a longer time than usual to heal up.
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