Former Alabama RB to work out for San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are banged up at running back through 2 weeks of the NFL season, so it’s no surprise they’re looking to add depth at the position. And among the players who they appear to be considering is a former Alabama standout.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters (including ESPN’s Nick Wagoner) on Monday that former Crimson Tide RB T.J. Yeldon is among several running backs who will be working out for the 49ers. He’ll be joined by fellow NFL veterans Duke Johnson and Lamar Miller as San Francisco considers its options.
Yeldon spent the past 2 seasons with the Buffalo Bills, but he didn’t get much action. Over that time, he had 27 carries for 133 yards and 14 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in 9 games.
Prior to that, Yeldon spent his first 4 NFL seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who took him in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft. His best season with the Jags came as a rookie in 2015, when he rushed for 740 yards and 2 touchdowns and added 36 catches for 279 yards and a touchdown.
Yeldon, who played at Alabama from 2012-14, is now looking for a new opportunity, and it’s possible the 49ers will be giving that to him.
San Francisco lost starting running back Raheem Mostert to a season-ending knee injury in Week 1. Now, Trey Sermon (concussion), Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) and JaMycal Hasty (ankle) are all dealing with ailments. Mitchell is the only 1 of the 3 who returned after getting hurt during Sunday’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 49ers still have some depth, as former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson is currently on their practice squad.