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49ers Announce Decision On Running Back Tevin Coleman

Tevin Coleman runs the football for the San Francisco 49ers.

TAMPA, FL - SEPTERMBER 8: Tevin Coleman #26 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on September 8, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. The 49ers defeated the Buccaneers 31-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

The San Francisco 49ers are already down starting running back Raheem Mostert for the next few weeks. Now, backup back Tevin Coleman has also landed on the IR.

The 49ers listed Coleman on the short-term injured reserve list on Saturday ahead of the team's game against the New York Giants on Sunday. If all goes well and Coleman recovers from his injury, he'll be able to return in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams.

Coleman filled in for Mostert last week against the Jets after Mostert went down with an injury. Coleman himself then went down with an injury as well. The former Falcons back suffered a sprained knee.

There was some hope Coleman could fight through it and play this Sunday. But San Francisco has listed him on the short-term injured reserve.

With Coleman out of the lineup, the 49ers will now turn to Jerick McKinnon and Jeff Wilson. The two backs present a thunder-and-lightning approach. McKinnon's a speed back while Wilson is known as a bruiser. Wilson should receive plenty of touches near the goal-line on Sunday.

The 49ers will be without nine of their usual starters on Sunday, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Backup Nick Mullens will make the start for San Francisco.

The 49ers take on the New York Giants on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on FOX. San Francisco still has a chance to pull off a win thanks to its depth across the field.