By Jenny Vrentas
Pro Football Writers of America
MIAMI—All 53 players were full participants in the 49ers’ 70-minute up-tempo walk-through at the University of Miami on Friday afternoon. No players will carry an injury designation heading into Super Bowl LIV.
“Everyone is good,” said head coach Kyle Shanahan. “That was the goal.”
That includes RB Tevin Coleman, who had previously been limited in practice with a shoulder injury on Wednesday and Thursday. “He’s worked his tail off to get healthy,” Shanahan said of Coleman. “He’s good to go. He’s confident.”
The 49ers wore helmets and jerseys (no shells) as they jogged through the short Friday session outdoors on a 77-degree afternoon in Coral Gables. The team installed its red-zone plays last week, so today included a review of those plays as well as the rest of the game plan. The team charter buses arrived at the University of Miami facilities about 45 minutes before practice, so the players used the extra time to pull a trick on their coaches, with several players swapping jerseys. Defensive end Nick Bosa switched with safety Jimmie Ward. Coleman wore Kyle Juszczyk’s No. 44, and tight end George Kittle wore position-mate Levine Toilolo’s No. 83.
“They surprised us with it,” Shanahan said. “They are loose and feeling good, and they had fun with it. We’ll see how it is when we watch film.”
The 49ers players and coaches will have the rest of Friday off. They will hold their Saturday afternoon walk-through back at The U, where they’ll have more privacy than they would at the stadium, then they’ll bus to Hard Rock Stadium to view the venue for Super Bowl LIV.
Shanahan asked left tackle Joe Staley, the team’s longest-tenured player, to break down the huddle at the end of practice. Hanging back at the edge of the circle of players with a football in his hands was Shanahan’s 10-year-old son, Carter, who visited practice today.
“It was neat to bring him here,” Shanahan said. “I remember when I used to do it. He doesn’t realize how cool it is, but he’ll realize it later, just like I did.”