Per Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman has suffered a dislocated shoulder. Not just a dislocated shoulder but a “Lethal Weapon-type” of a dislocated shoulder. It’s one of those injuries where you just pop it back in place.
Shanahan thinks Coleman could play, but the 49ers are waiting for the results of the MRI to confirm. Shanahan wouldn’t speculate on Coleman’s availability, but he did say the nature of the injury generally requires a week’s worth of rest and another week to have a chance to play. That sounds like Coleman will be a game-time decision.
Coleman went down with the injury during the 49ers’ rout of the Green Bay Packers 37-20. While the game was more the “Raheem Mostert show,” Coleman was giving Mostert much needed breaks and had been producing all season. You don’t want to go into the biggest game of the season down a running back that you’ve relied on in critical situations all season.
The Coleman shoulder injury referenced by Shanahan refers to Mel Gibson’s character, police detective Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon. In the second installment of the buddy cop series, Riggs got himself out of a straight jacket to win a bet with the police station via dislocating his own shoulder. Shortly after injuring himself, Riggs then proceeded to pop the shoulder back in amidst extreme pain. The injury became a running gag from there on where he would either do it—either by accident or intentional—and pop it back in in a yelp of pain.
Also, in 49ers injury news from Sunday, safety Jaquiski Tartt irritated his rib injury during the final defensive play of the game. The play where Richard Sherman intercepted Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to seal the game and the 49ers’ trip to Miami. Shanahan thinks Tartt should be good to go, but there were no guarantees. Also, linebacker Dre Greenlaw had a low ankle sprain with the same prognosis.