Raheem Mostert

Raheem Mostert #31 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during the third quarter in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2, 2020 in Miami. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/TNS)

The 49ers seemed optimistic that the injury that sidelined Raheem Mostert after two carries in the season opener Sunday would not end his season.

Devon Mostert, the wife of the 49ers running back, is hoping for good news but stunned at the negative backlash on social media. She took to her Instagram account to detail her frustrations Sunday night with the cruelty of some of the 49ers fan base.

"It's days like today where I truly contemplate not getting on social media again," Mostert wrote. "As if today wasn't hard enough, to get on here and have (direct messages) about how my husband should kill himself, about how he should be cut, about how he's made of glass. I know I shouldn't care, but wow. Wow. Wow. Wow."

Direct messages can only be viewed by the author of the account.

After breaking out in the postseason following the 2019 season, Mostert missed eight games in 2020 with an ankle injury.

Mostert carried the ball twice for 20 yards Sunday before leaving the game. He was first designated as questionable to return, then downgraded to out after halftime, when the Niners led 31-10. Coach Kyle Shanahan said afterward he was assured Mostert's injury was not a torn ACL, which would have sidelined him for the season. Rookie Elijah Mitchell stepped up in Mostert's absence and gained 104 yards on 19 carries in a 41-33 win by the 49ers.

Shanahan is scheduled to speak to the media Monday afternoon.

Devon Mostert made a plea for some compassion for the athletes.

"The nasty things some of you just carelessly say is gut-wrenching," Devon Mostert wrote. "I don't think y'all get it. Football is my husband's job. It's how my family EATS. To read such HEARTLESS and degrading comments about the person I LOVE hurts. And I try so hard to shake them off . . . I do. But when there's HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS. It's a lot."

She said Raheem does everything he can to stay on the field, even at the expense of family time, and echoed Shanahan's optimism:

"R's gonna be good. He always comes back stronger. MRI tomorrow will let us know the severity. Praying for MINOR!"


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