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49ers GM John Lynch Says RB Jerick McKinnon Will Undergo Another Knee Procedure and Miss 2019 Season

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 21: Jerick McKinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings uses a stiff arm on Mychal Kendricks #95 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - Minnesota Vikings v Philadelphia Eagles | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Heading to the IR isn't necessarily a death sentence for NFL stars; after all, some lucky healer is always designated to return, biding their time while waiting to get healthy.

Unfortunately for big money free agent acquisition Jerick McKinnon, there will be no waiting with bated breath involved in his 2019 campaign; it's over before it started in San Francisco.

McKinnon must undergo an additional surgical procedure on his knee, and has been ruled out for the season.

McKinnon, who hasn't appeared in a game since 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings, rushed for 570 yards and three touchdowns in that campaign, inking a deal with the Niners for four years and $30 million.

In his stead, 2019 free agency splash Tevin Coleman, formerly of the Falcons, should remain a primary option, while 2018 breakout Matt Breida, who took the job and ran with it in McKinnon's stead, will also see significant snaps.