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49ers lure back familiar face to round out empty space: report

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Official: Marlon Mack isn’t the only running back grappling with some of the San Francisco 49ers’ recent roster issues.

Not even 24 hours after the 49ers promoted the former 1,000-yard rusher with the Indianapolis Colts in 2019, the Niners made another roster decision affecting their running back room. But this time, San Francisco is bringing back a familiar face to the roster.

As announced by the team at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, the 49ers welcome Tevin Coleman back to the team.

Coleman will go to the team’s practice team, which will help fill in Mack’s old spot there. The 49ers had to tinker with the backfield due to injuries to rookie Ty Davis-Price (high ankle sprain) and last season’s top rusher Elijah Mitchell (MCL sprain).

Last season, Coleman was with the New York Jets with former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. Coleman averaged 4.2 yards per carry but never crossed the end zone at all, ending with 84 carries for 356 yards.

Coleman trained for the 49ers last week through the league’s transaction line. Now he will contest his second stint with the 49ers.

Coleman was once part of a deep back stable that rode the 49ers to the NFC title.

In the 2019 season, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder shared backfield duties with Matt Breida and Raheem Mostert. Together, the trio rushed for 1,939 yards and grabbed 15 touchdowns — all for a team that rushed for a total of 2,305 yards and crossed the end zone 23 times.

Coleman had his best game of the season in the Carolina Panthers’ 51-13 game, rushing for 105 yards with 11 carries and scoring a three-point hat trick.

He also added a receiving touchdown and joined legendary 49er Jerry Rice as the last two 49ers to make the four-touchdown mark.

Coleman would go ahead and add another 100-yard stake: The NFC Divisional Round Contest against the Minnesota Vikings, when he rumbled 105 yards on 22 carries and scored twice in the 27-10 win.

His 544 regular-season results this season marked his third-best career performance and came after he rushed for 800 yards his final season with the Atlanta Falcons — also the spot he filled in for Kyle Shanahan when he was offensive coordinator for the NFC South franchise was .

However, Coleman’s numbers declined the following season after the NFC title run. He was limited to 53 yards and averaged just 1.9 yards per carry. It marked his worst overall finishes of his NFL career. He also hasn’t gone past the 100-yard plateau or scored a touchdown since this 2019 season.

But now he’s reunited with Shanahan and the 49ers after spending some time as a free agent waiting for a call and an opportunity.

As expected, the 49ers have put quarterback Trey Lance on injured reserve with his broken ankle. Shanahan confirmed that Lance won’t be back until 2023.

The team then officially announced the addition of quarterback Kurt Benkert, who will join Coleman on the practice team. Benkert comes in No. 3 behind Brock Purdy and returning QB1 Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lastly, defensive end Arik Armstead it has to do with a foot injury and George Kittle planned to be restricted by the 49ers in their Wednesday practice…which meant he could make his 2022 season debut against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Sept. 25.

The team then officially announced the addition of quarterback Kurt Benkert, who will join Coleman on the practice team. Benkert comes in No. 3 behind Brock Purdy and returning QB1 Jimmy Garoppolo.



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