49ers RB Tevin Coleman diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder
The San Francisco 49ers will head into Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs with one major piece of the team under uncertain conditions. Running back Tevin Coleman was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder following the NFC Championship Game victory over the No. 2 Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, the fifth-year veteran rusher is expected to have a “good chance” to appear in the big game two Sundays from now, per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner.
#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said RB Tevin Coleman has a dislocated right shoulder. Still awaiting more imaging. Shanahan said he "expects him to have a good chance to play."
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) January 20, 2020
The 26-year-old Coleman, in his first season with the 49ers, was their third-leading rushing during the 2019 regular season. Coleman rushed for 544 yards on 137 carries for six touchdowns along with catching 21 receptions for 180 yards, scoring once. In the NFC Championship Game against the Packers, while Raheem Mostert took the spotlight in his four-touchdown performance in the conference title-game victory, Coleman had six carries for 21 yards, eventually leaving the game with the shoulder injury.
Coleman and Mostert were tied this year in carries, leading the 49ers with 137. Going into the big game against the high-octane offense of the Chiefs, Shanahan’s team will have to rely on the backfield on Mostert and Matt Breida.
Pundits have pegged the upcoming AFC-NFC clash in Miami, Florida, as one of the league’s best offenses (Kansas City) versus one of the best defenses (San Francisco). The 49ers are still a potent offensive threat in spite of the big name and lack of laurels under center with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo matched up in the signal-caller battle against last season’s MVP Patrick Mahomes.