49ers RB Tevin Coleman suffered high-ankle sprain vs. Bucs
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman suffered a high-ankle sprain during his team’s Week 1 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday afternoon and is expected to miss some time, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Coleman carried the ball six times for 23 yards and caught two passes for 33 yards in his 49ers debut.
The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Indiana University, was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round (73rd pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He played in 12 games during his rookie year, rushing for 392 yards and a touchdown. His role grew the following season, as he totaled 520 yards and eight scores on the ground while hauling in 31 receptions for 421 yards and three touchdowns.
Coleman went on to post similar numbers in 2017, finishing with 628 yards and five touchdowns while catching 27 passes for 299 yards and three scores, and last year, he had the most productive year of his NFL career, registering 800 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry. In addition, he snared 32 balls for 276 yards five scores.
San Francisco signed Coleman to a two-year deal back in March.
Coleman was initially joining a Niners backfield that included Matt Breida and Jerick McKinnon, but McKinnon then hit the injured reserve list after suffering a season-ending knee injury for the second straight year.
Now, the 49ers are down to Breida, who recorded 37 rushing yards on Sunday, as their only dependable running back.
San Francisco will remain on the road and take on the Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.