49er’s rookie RB has been out and on the IR since Week 12 with a sprained ankle he suffered while covering a punt against the Vikings. He was activated earlier this week, on the final day San Francisco had before he would be ruled ineligible for the playoffs.
He was originally designated to return from the IR three weeks ago, but the Niners allowed him to take the time required to heal up. When the sprain occurred, it was believed Sermon would miss one or two weeks, but a series of setbacks forced San Francisco’s hand and he was placed on the IR.
Sermon’s return will give the Niners strength in the backfield ahead of their Wild Card matchup with the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday. Fellow rookie RB Elijah Mitchell is “questionable” with a knee injury and was limited in Thursday’s practice. He’s received the lionshare of handoffs this season, but if he’s out the Niners will likely use a rotation of Deebo Samuel, Jeff Wilson Jr., JaMycal Hasty, and Trey Sermon.
Sermon has underwhelmed this season after being a third round pick in last year’s draft out of Ohio State, getting just 41 attempts for 167 yards and a touchdown in nine games. The good news is he will be healthy for the playoffs. Sermon reached his Optimal Recovery Time 18 days ago, and his Health Performance Factor is Peak (82%), however his Injury Risk is still Elevated (15%).
San Francisco @ Dallas – Sunday, 1/16, 4:30 EST