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Coleman, McKinnon left out of 49ers' running back equation

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Tevin Coleman started 13 games last season, including the Super Bowl.

Jerick McKinnon opened the season as the 49ers’ third-down back and is the team’s only running back to play in every game this season.

Coleman and McKinnon have now disappeared from the 49ers’ offense, as Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson have taken over as the two running backs the team had decided to ride.

“We've gotten all our backs back and we've been trying to go with Jeff Wilson and Raheem as our one-two,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Sunday after the 49ers’ 23-15 loss to Washington.

“Just Raheem and Jeff have kind of earned that, and they've been our top guys here, especially with Tevin not fully back. Jet carried the load for us while those guys were all out, which took a toll on him, but he dresses every week because we'll use him if need be.”

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The 49ers kept McKinnon around this season after he missed two full years with knee conditions. The team felt he could make a significant contribution with his ability to run routes and catch passes out of the backfield.

Yet, on Sunday when the 49ers were trying to get back into the game, it was Wilson out of the backfield who could not haul in a high pass from Nick Mullens late in the fourth quarter.

Mostert and Wilson split time in the backfield. Mostert played 40 snaps, while Wilson was on the field for 39 plays.


Coleman played two snaps and did not touch the ball, though he did make a contribution with 15 plays on special teams.

McKinnon’s only playing time came on special teams, appearing on seven plays.

Mostert led the 49ers with 65 yards rushing on 14 carries, while Wilson had 31 yards and a touchdown on 11 tries.

Mostert caught two of the four passes Mullens threw his way for 5 yards. Wilson made one catch for 13 yards on three targets.

Here’s how much each of the 49ers played Sunday on offense, defense and special teams.


Quarterback: Nick Mullens 81

Running back: Kyle Juszczyk 44, Raheem Mostert 40, Jeff Wilson 39, Tevin Coleman 2

Wide receiver: Brandon Aiyuk 74, Kendrick Bourne 72, Richie James 26, River Cracraft 14, Deebo Samuel 1

Tight end: Ross Dwelley 36, Jordan Reed 33, Charlie Woerner 24

Offensive line: Mike McGlinchey 81, Daniel Brunskill 81, Laken Tomlinson 81, Colton McKivitz 81, Trent Williams 80, Justin Skule 1


Defensive line: Kerry Hyder 52, Arik Armstead 52, Dion Jordan 49, Javon Kinlaw 44, Kentavius Street 24, Jordan Willis 21, Darrion Daniels 6, Alex Barrett 4

Linebacker: Dre Greenlaw 60, Azeez Al-Shaair 36, Fred Warner 33, Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles 10

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Defensive back: Jimmie Ward 63, Tarvarius Moore 63, Jason Verrett 63, Richard Sherman 63, Dontae Johnson 46, Ahkello Witherspoon 4

Special teams

Joe Walker 31, Marcell Harris 26, Woerner 26, Flannigan-Fowles 25, Witherspoon 23, Johnson 18, Briean Boddy-Calhoun 16, Dwelley 15, James 15, Cracraft 15, Coleman 15, Kai Nacua 14, Mitch Wishnowsky 13, Al-Shaair 13, Ward 12, Taybor Pepper 10, Juszczyk 9, Barrett 9, Armstead 8, Jerick McKinnon 7, Hyder 7, Jordan 7, Kinlaw 7, Street 6, Moore 5, Aiyuk 2, Tony Bergstrom 1, Robbie Gould 1, Tomlinson 1, Brunskill 1, McGlinchey 1, McKivitz 1, Bourne 1, Skule 1, Greenlaw 1

Did not play

QB C.J. Beathard, OL Dakoda Shepley


WR Trent Taylor, CB K’Waun Williams (ankle), CB Emmanuel Moseley (hamstring), RB Austin Walter, OL Hroniss Grasu (knee), NT D.J. Jones (ankle)