Coyle posted an update on his personal Twitter account Thursday, stating his back injury "will prevent me from returning to the field again."
Primarily a special teamer during his first three seasons, Coyle logged 57.4 percent of the defensive snaps in 2017 en route to a career-best 64 tackles in 16 games with the 49ers. The elevated role extended into Week 1 of last season, but he sustained a concussion and fractured vertebrae in that contest and missed the rest of the campaign. It's unclear which injury will force him to hang up the cleats, but Coyle is calling it a career.
Coyle (back) was released with a failed physical designation, freelance NFL writer Howard Balzer reports.
Coyle was previously reported to be ready to return but his physical suggests he's still dealing with the back injury that sidelined him for 15 games in 2018. He'll have to return to health before he's able to catch on with another team for 2019.
Coyle was released by the 49ers on Thursday.
Coyle played a large role for the 49ers in 2017 but played only a single game in 2018 due to a broken bone in his back. The linebacker is reportedly ready to go for 2019 and could catch on with another club as a backup linebacker.
Coyle (back) played in only one game this season but is good to go for 2019.
Coyle landed on injured reserve after Week 1 due to a concussion and a fractured vertebrae. The 28-year-old started Week 1 but is more likely to serve in a rotational role.
Coyle suffered a broken bone in his back in addition to a concussion, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Coyle was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, meaning the linebacker will miss at least six weeks while he works to recover. He could be a candidate to return as the season progresses, but San Francisco won't make a definitive choice in the near future.
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||64||38.0||26||0.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||1||6||4.0||2||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||San Francisco 49ers||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|