49ers RB Tevin Coleman has ‘worked his tail off’ to get healthy
The San Francisco 49ers were uncertain if Tevin Coleman was going to be available on Sunday, but now it is confirmed that he’ll suit up.
To give San Francisco a clean injury report, Coleman ‘worked his tail off‘ to get healthy, as head coach Kyle Shanahan said on Friday, via Matt Barrows of The Athletic.
Near the beginning of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, Coleman had to be carted off of the field. Upon undergoing further tests, it was discovered that Coleman sustained a dislocated shoulder.
The 49ers were unsure if Coleman was going to be able to recover in time for the Super Bowl. But as the days progressed, San Francisco became more confident that he’d be ready.
Despite sharing the workload in 2019, the veteran running back still finished with 544 rushing yards on 137 carries and found the end zone six times in 14 games. Coleman also flashed his versatility with 21 receptions for 180 yards and another score.
Then, in the postseason, Coleman appeared ready to put the offense on his own shoulder. In the Divisional Round matchup versus the Minnesota Vikings, he rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Besides Coleman, the 49ers also boast a backfield unit that includes Raheem Mostert and Matt Breida. While Coleman left early against the Packers, Mostert replaced him and ran rampant for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
Given that, Kyle Shanahan would’ve been comfortable with the running back position regardless of Coleman’s status. But with Coleman working tirelessly to get his shoulder healthier, Shanahan will have all hands on deck against the Kansas City Chiefs.