49ers inactives vs. Browns: Elijah Mitchell returns after 2 weeks, Dre Greenlaw out

San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25)
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell (25) / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages

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The 49ers have been without an injured Elijah Mitchell for two weeks, but he's back against the Browns after being listed as questionable.

The San Francisco 49ers have already proven they can get by without third-year running back Elijah Mitchell, who has been absent from the team's active roster the last two games because of a knee injury suffered in practice.

After all, boasting All-Pro Christian McCaffrey whose efforts over five games this season have propelled him into the NFL MVP discussion should make it somewhat easy.

Yet McCaffrey and the Niners are facing a tough Cleveland Browns defense in Week 6. Combined with the reality that head coach Kyle Shanahan has, at times, overused McCaffrey in games this season, having a change-of-pace back like Mitchell helps matters a lot.

Fortunately, Mitchell will be available and ready to play after being listed as questionable on this week's injury report ahead of the game.

The move likely pushes fellow backup running back Jordan Mason down to the No. 3 option on the depth chart, and it also impacts fourth-string running back Tyrion Davis-Price, too.

49ers inactives for Week 6 vs. Browns

San Francisco had a relatively clean injury report for Week 6, one that listed only Mitchell and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (hamstring) as questionable.

Greenlaw, though, won't suit up and play for the game in Cleveland, meaning either Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles or Oren Burks will get the start in his stead.

Here are those who won't be suiting up for Shanahan and Co.:

  • RB Tyrion Davis-Price
  • LB Dre Greenlaw
  • OL Matt Pryor
  • QB Brandon Allen
  • DL Kalia Davis
  • TE Brayden Willis
  • LB Jalen Graham

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The 49ers do have linebacker depth, which partially helps explain why Graham is also inactive despite Greenlaw's absence.

The Niners and Browns kick off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 15 from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

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