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.