Set for expanded role
Mitchell's teammate, Raheem Mostert, is expected to miss about eight weeks with a knee injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Mostert exited Sunday's season opener after logging just two carries, and upon his exit Mitchell rushed 19 times for 104 yards and a TD. It was a strong enough performance to put him in the driver's seat to start this coming weekend's game against the Eagles, though it's possible rookie Trey Sermon -- who was a surprising healthy scratch Week 1 -- could re-enter the 49ers' backfield equation in short order, with JaMycal Hasty also in the mix.
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Sermon (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Mitchell (shoulder) didn't practice Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Mitchell (shoulder) wasn't present at the start of Thursday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Sermon (concussion) was a limited practice participant Wednesday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Sermon (concussion) is in line to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Mitchell (shoulder) won't take part in practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Thompson signed with the 49ers' practice squad Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Patrick will be signed by the 49ers on Tuesday off the Bengals' practice squad, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Cannon could see his role expand with all three running backs ahead of him on the depth chart dealing with injuries.
Sanu failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.