The San Francisco 49ers received bad news on running back Raheem Mostert on Monday. He’s headed to injured reserve after chipping cartilage in his knee in Week 1. Mostert is out at least eight weeks.

The 49ers will split the carries up between the trio of JaMychal Hasty, Trey Sermon, Elijah Mitchell to take over in Mostert’s absence. Or they could choose to make a trade for a veteran running back, a guy like Jordan Howard makes a lot of sense. The Philadelphia Eagles kept the one-time Pro Bowler on the practice squad last week. Howard was one of their protected players, but remained inactive on gameday.

It seems like a wasted roster spot for a player with 3,955 career rushing yards and 36 total touchdowns. Howard looked sharp in the preseason where he showed an ability to catch the football out of the backfield. He could be a valuable piece for a 49ers squad thought to be playoff contenders this year. San Francisco and Philadelphia meet in Week 2 at Lincoln Financial Field. The 49ers are listed as 3.5-point road favorites.