49ers news: RB Matt Breida not expected to play Sunday vs. Ravens
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49ers RB Matt Breida not expected to play Sunday vs. Ravens

Matt Breida

San Francisco 49ers Matt Breida is not expected to play in the team’s big Sunday showdown versus the Baltimore Ravens, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

There had been a conflicting report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier indicating that Breida was expected to suit up. But Schefter has since followed up the tweet by saying Breida is indeed going to be held out one more game in to get as healthy as possible for the stretch run.

Breida has been out since Week 10 against the Seattle Seahawks due to an ankle injury he suffered in that game. The speedy running back has been nearing a return but was unable to do so in Week 12 versus the Green Bay Packers.

This year, Breida has provided San Francisco with 542 rushing yards on 109 carries and one touchdown. The third-year running back has also caught 16 passes for 110 yards and another score as a receiver.

There’s no doubt that the 49ers could have used Breida during their highly anticipated matchup with the Ravens on Sunday. Baltimore’s defense has been stout against the run, allowing only 87.7 yards per game (third-fewest in the NFL).

At the same time, San Francisco is effective on the ground, averaging 145.6 yards per game (second-most in the NFL). Something will have to give in Week 13 when the 49ers and Ravens meet in a possible Super Bowl preview.

With Breida set to miss another week of action, Tevin Coleman will continue to share touches with the likes of Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson in the Niners backfield.