49ers' Tevin Coleman had shoulder out of socket for about 25 minutes

49ers' Tevin Coleman had shoulder out of socket for about 25 minutes

SANTA CLARA -- 49ers running back Tevin Coleman was in the most pain of his life on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium.

His right shoulder was dislocated in the 49ers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game when he reached out to brace his fall after being tripped up in the second quarter. His upper arm popped out of his shoulder socket and remained out for nearly half an hour, he said.

“They had to do X-rays, just to make sure it wasn’t broken, and that took some time,” Coleman told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Then, that’s when they popped it back in. I wasn’t crying, but it was real painful. I couldn’t even walk. That’s how painful it was.”

Coleman remained on the field at Levi’s Stadium while members of the 49ers’ athletic training and medical staffs attended to him. When he got to his feet, the pain was overwhelming to the point Coleman required the use of a cart to take him back to the locker room.

Coleman said his arm remained out of its socket for approximately 25 minutes before staff members grabbed his shoulder and forced it back in.

Coleman did not practice this week, though he went through walk-through on Friday. The 49ers were required to submit a status report on Friday as if there were a game on Sunday. Coleman is listed as questionable, but he still has more than a week to strengthen his shoulder before Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami on Sunday, Feb. 2.

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“I feel good,” he said. “Still working, still trying to get my range of motion back. Just listening to the doctors and trying to get back.

“It’s weak. I’m not all the way there.”

When asked if he thought he would be able to play, Coleman was noncommittal. He said he absolutely will play ... if he is physically able.

“I don’t know,” Coleman said. “I’m still working with the doctors and see what they tell me, listening to them and see how I feel next week.

“I’m going to try my best to get out there and play. This is the Super Bowl. I don’t want to sit out for that.”

Coleman said he would prefer not to wear a harness on his shoulder because he does not like to have his movements restricted in any way. He said a decision will be made after the Super Bowl if surgery will be required.

CA Governor Gavin Newsom 'doesn't anticipate' normal NFL games in fall

CA Governor Gavin Newsom 'doesn't anticipate' normal NFL games in fall

President Donald Trump reportedly told sports commissioners and top executives Saturday that he believes the NFL should start on time with fans returning to stadiums by August despite the coronavirus outbreak.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom doesn't share the same thoughts.

The governor was asked about Trump's reported prediction, and said he doesn't envision California having made enough progress against the virus for it to be business as usual for the NFL come fall.

“I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” Newsom said Saturday. “We’ve all seen the headlines over the last couple days in Asia, where they opening up certain businesses, and now they’re starting to roll back those openings because they’re starting seeing some spread and there’s a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here, one has to be careful not to overpromise.

"It's interesting, I have a lot of friends that work in Major League Baseball and the NFL, they've been asking me -- in fact, a well-known athlete -- a football player -- just asked me if he expects to come back. I said, 'I would move very cautiously in that expectation.' "

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Newsom is making sure to prioritize safety and caution above all else before letting sports return.

“Our decision on that basis here in the State of California will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our ability to meet this moment and bend the curve, and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether that's appropriate," Newsom said. "Right now, I’m just focusing on the immediate, but that’s not something I anticipate happening in the next few months.”

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The truth of the matter is that no one knows how long this will last or when sports will be able to return to packed stadiums. The NFL is planning on starting the schedule on time with fans in the stadium, but that might not be the case in California. With many epidemiologists expecting the virus to surge again the fall, the fate of the NFL's season is very much up in the air.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as well as a lead member of the White House's coronavirus taskforce, told Warriors star Steph Curry that sports can only safely return once the country as a whole has turned the corner from the outbreak and the medical system no longer is under strain.

As of Saturday, there were more than 270,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States and more than 7,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and NBC News reporting.

Watch DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Clelin Ferrell in joint workout

Watch DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Clelin Ferrell in joint workout

While the NFL offseason programs are postponed, many players are still working out to be ready for the time when the teams are able to get back to work in an organized setting.

In Miami, DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Clelin Ferrell are working out with private defensive line coach Mark Hall.

Hall, who recently was a guest on the 49ers Insider Podcast, sent a video to NBC Sports Bay Area of the three players working out.

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The 49ers recently traded Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the No. 13 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and re-signed Armstead to a four-year, $84 million contract. Ferrell will enter his second season with the Las Vegas Raiders after being the club’s first-round selection at No. 4 overall in the 2019 draft.