Kyle Shanahan provided an update on running back Tevin Coleman during Monday’s conference call and the results were positive.
The MRI showed Coleman has a high-ankle sprain, which is not significant enough to see him placed on the injured reserve. Shanahan said the team will take it week-to-week.
“Got hurt on the first play of the game,” Shanahan said. “It just got worse as the game went. I think we’ll ride it out.”
Coleman’s injury means Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert will take over the lion’s share of the carries for the time being. Jeff Wilson Jr., who is currently on the practice squad, will likely be called up to the 53-man roster to ensure the 49ers have three active running backs next week in Cincinnati. Wilson Jr. had an extremely impressive preseason, and averaged four yards per carry in six games last year.
“We love Jeff [Wilson]… Jeff’s a great player,” Shanahan said on Sunday. “We’ll see what’s up with Tevin and how long he will be out and then we’ll see what else is out there, but we like to have three guys up on game day, but if Tevin can’t go, we’ll have two, and most likely bring Jeff up.”
Though he was out-carried by Breida 15 to 9, Mostert was the 49ers’ most effective runner on Sunday, gaining a team high 40 yards on nine attempts (4.4 per). He made the roster largely as a special teams contributor, but Mostert has been excellent as a running back throughout his young career, averaging 6.7 yards per carry in 50 attempts.