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49ers’ Kyle Shanahan optimistic about Tevin Coleman’s possible return vs. Browns

Kyle Shanahan, Tevin Coleman, 49ers, Browns

49er running back Tevin Coleman returned to practice this week. The new San Francisco resident suffered a high-ankle sprain in a Week 1 win over the Buccaneers. With the back off the injury report, the ‘9ers are feeling good about his possible return on “Monday Night Football,” when they host the Cleveland Browns.

Said 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, via Adam Schefter of ESPN:

“Definitely being optimistic about him being ready to go on Monday. We’ll be excited to have him.”

Coleman recorded 66 scrimmage yards on eight touches before the 49ers ultimately pulled him from the Week 1 win with the ankle injury. Since then, Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. have received snaps; to which they’ve done well, leading the league’s No. 2 rushing yards per game offense (175).

The 49ers plucked Coleman from the Falcons’ nest in free agency, signing him to a two-year, $10 million to reunite with Shanahan. In his two years with Shanahan as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, the back recorded 1,347 scrimmage yards and 12 touchdowns (11 in 2016) on 238 touches. He did playing alongside Pro Bowler Devonta Freeman.

In addition to Coleman’s likely reappearance, the 49ers took No. 2 overall pick, defensive end Nick Bosa, off the injury report on Saturday. However, 2018 Pro-Bowl defensive end Dee Ford is questionable with a knee injury. Left tackle Joe Staley (broken leg) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) are both out for the primetime matchup.

The 49ers are 3-0 heading into “Monday Night Football” with the 2-2 Browns, which they will host. A win would mean one more week of staving off the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles for the crown of the NFC West.

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