49ers running back Tevin Coleman suffered a somewhat serious injury during his team’s win over the Buccaneers yesterday. Fortunately, it shouldn’t keep him on the shelf for all that long.
ESPN’s Nick Wagoner tweets that Coleman suffered a high ankle sprain yesterday, but head coach Kyle Shanahan said a trip to the IR wasn’t a possibility. The 26-year-old will be out for next weekend’s game in Cincinnati, and the team will then treat the injury as week-to-week.
Shanahan also revealed that Coleman was injured during the first play of the game, and the ailment got worse as he remained in the contest. The running back was ultimately pulled at halftime after having compiled 23 rushing yards on six carries. He also hauled in two receptions for 33 yards.
Coleman was making his regular-season debut for the 49ers after having inked a two-year, $10MM deal with the team this past offseason. The running back had spent the first four seasons of his career with the Falcons, including a 2018 campaign where he compiled 1,076 yards on offense.
With Coleman joining Jerick McKinnon on the sideline, the 49ers are suddenly looking thin at the position. The team will likely lean on Matt Breida until Coleman returns, although the former undrafted free agent was underwhelming yesterday (37 rushing yards on 15 carries). Raheem Mostert is the only other running back on the roster, and Shanahan implied yesterday that Jeff Wilson Jr. could be promoted from the practice squad.
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