San Francisco 49ers star running back Christian McCaffrey missed his second straight practice with a calf injury but said he will be available for the NFC Championship Game (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on FOX and ‘FOX Sports app).
McCaffrey played through a calf injury in the divisional-round win against Dallas but has not practiced this week. Asked Thursday if there was any chance he wouldn’t play Sunday against Philadelphia, McCaffrey said “zero.”
McCaffrey said he will go through explanations and go over plays with running backs coaches Anthony Lynn and Bobby Turner even though he can’t coach.
“It’s the same process for me, but just reducing the physical load,” he said.
McCaffrey’s backup, Elijah Mitchell, also missed a second straight practice with a groin injury. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he remains hopeful both will be able to play Sunday.
McCaffrey leads the 49ers with 1,403 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in the regular season and playoffs despite not joining San Francisco until Week 7. He has scored at least one touchdown in eight straight games.
Mitchell has played in just seven games this season because of a pair of knee injuries, but he scored the second-half rushing touchdown last week against Dallas with 51 yards.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo remains out with a foot injury, but could be available as a backup if San Francisco arrives. Super Bowl LVII at Arizona (Feb. 12, 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX and the FOX Sports app).
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel (ankle), defensive lineman Charles Omenihu (oblique) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle) were again limited.
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