The New York Jets bolstered their backfield Wednesday, agreeing to a one-year deal with running back Tevin Coleman, according to multiple reports.
Coleman, who played under Jets first-year head coach Robert Saleh in San Francisco, will also re-unite with former 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur, who is now the offensive coordinator for New York.
The 27-year-old running back played only 22 games in two seasons with the 49ers, rushing for 597 yards and six touchdowns.
Coleman was limited to eight games in 2020 due to knee injuries.
Coleman will presumably share the backfield touches with running backs Lamical Perine and Ty Johnson.
Coleman was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
He spent his first four seasons with the Falcons and set career highs of 167 carries for 800 yards in 2018 before joining San Francisco in 2019.
–Field Level Media
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman and cornerback K’Waun Williams were activated off injured reserve and will be available to play in the team’s road game against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
The 49ers also announced on Saturday that they placed running back Jeff Wilson Jr. on injured reserve. Wilson, who is nursing a high-ankle sprain, will sit out at least the next three games.
Coleman’s return comes at an opportune time with both Wilson and fellow running back Raheem Mostert nursing injuries.
The 27-year-old Coleman, who will join Jerick McKinnon and rookie JaMycal Hasty as options in the backfield on Sunday, sustained a knee injury during San Francisco’s 31-13 victory over the New York Jets on Sept. 20.
Coleman has rushed 18 times for 30 yards and has three catches for 34 yards this season for the 49ers (4-3). He gained 724 yards from scrimmage and scored seven TDs in his first season with San Francisco in 2019.
Williams is returning to action after being sidelined with both knee and hip injuries.
The 29-year-old has recorded 12 tackles in four games (two starts) this season. He has collected 239 tackles, four sacks and three interceptions in 73 career games (36 starts) with the Cleveland Browns and 49ers.
Also on Saturday, the 49ers activated wide receiver River Cracraft and safety Johnathan Cyprien from the practice squad and downgraded wideout Richie James Jr. (ankle) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (groin) from doubtful to out against the Seahawks (5-1).
Defensive lineman Kentavius Street (illness) was also downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Sunday’s game.
–Field Level Media
The San Francisco 49ers placed running back Tevin Coleman on injured reserve with an ailing knee, the team announced Saturday.
Coleman joined defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas in being placed on injured reserve coming out of San Francisco’s 31-13 victory over the New York Jets.
The 27-year-old Coleman is eligible to return for the team’s Oct. 18 game against the Los Angeles Rams, although coach Kyle Shanahan noted earlier in the week that he might be sidelined for an additional game. Should that be the case, Coleman would return for the 49ers’ contest at the New England Patriots on Oct. 25.
Coleman has rushed 18 times for 30 yards and has three catches for 34 yards this season for San Francisco (1-1). He gained 724 yards from scrimmage and scored seven TDs in his first season with the 49ers in 2019.
Also on Saturday, the 49ers promoted offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu from the practice squad to the active roster. They also activated running back JaMycal Hasty and linebacker Joe Walker from the team’s practice squad.
Grasu, 29, appeared in 18 games (13 starts) during his time with the Chicago Bears (2015-17), Miami Dolphins (2018), Baltimore Ravens (2018, 2019) and Tennessee Titans (2019).
Hasty, 24, is expected to serve as the team’s third running back behind Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants (0-2).
Walker, 27, adds depth with fellow linebacker Dre Greenlaw ruled out with a thigh injury.
–Field Level Media