49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is ‘concerned’ about Tevin Coleman’s ankle injury
Head coach Kyle Shanahan and the San Francisco 49ers were able to bring in former Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman as a free agent signing this past offseason. However, Coleman’s tenure on the West Coast did not get started on a high note on Sunday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the veteran rusher notably left the NFC clash due to injury.
According to an official statement released by the team during Sunday’s matchup, Coleman left the game and did not return due to an ankle injury. Now, the aforementioned Shanahan is concerned with such a setback as the 49ers will begin to gear up to take on the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 of the 2019 regular season.
On a more positive note, 49ers kicker Robbie Gould, who notably re-signed with the once heralded NFC West franchise this past offseason, was only suffering from leg cramps and is not expected to miss additional time.
Kyle Shanahan said he’s concerned about Tevin Coleman’s ankle injury: Robbie Gould just had leg cramps. #49ers
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 8, 2019
It is also worth noting that the 49ers can not catch a break when it comes to injured running backs. Luckily for San Francisco, the 49ers are quite deep at this position as it continues to make its way down the depth chart behind Coleman. Prior to potentially losing Coleman for an extended period of time due to his ankle injury suffered on Sunday against the Buccaneers, the 49ers lost former Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon to injury as well. Despite signing McKinnon to a free agent contract ahead of last season, he has yet to play a single regular-season game for the 49ers.
Fellow 49ers running back Matt Breida will now be the next man up in the San Francisco backfield.