The San Francisco 49ers had their first formal practice session of the Super Bowl bye week, and they got some encouraging news. Running back Tevin Coleman suffered a dislocated shoulder in the NFC Championship Game, and while he is not practicing with the team, his side work suggests he has a good chance of playing next week.
Tevin Coleman is running on a side field as #49ers practice begins. He appears very much in play to be available for Super Bowl LIV.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) January 23, 2020
Update: #49ers RB Tevin Coleman, who dislocated shoulder in NFC Championship, worked on side at practice and looked encouraging with his range of motion work— Cam Inman (@CamInman) January 23, 2020
At start of #49ers practice:— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 23, 2020
* Tevin Coleman not practicing but working on a side field w/out the shoulder harness he had on on Sunday
* Both Jaquiski Tartt (rib), Kwon Alexander (pec) in blue, no-contact jerseys
* Dre Greenlaw (ankle) full go
* No Dante Pettis/might be sick
The 49ers have sufficient running back depth without Coleman, but his presence or absence creates a lot of questions for DFS decisions at the position. Raheem Mostert was impressing before Coleman got hurt, and took it to a ridiculous level — finishing with 220 yards and four touchdowns. Matt Breida has been in Kyle Shanahan’s dog house for some time now, but he has shown explosive ability. And even reserve Jeff Wilson has a nose for the end zone.
If Coleman does not play, Mostert likely gets the start and the bulk of the workload. If Coleman is available, I’m not entirely sure how the depth chart shakes out. Shanahan seems to have a preference for Coleman, but has been willing to go back and forth with his depth chart. It makes for a difficult decision heading into the Super Bowl.