Carlos Hyde Injury Updates

The Seahawks have signed RB Carlos Hyde to a 1-year deal. That follows reports that Seattle had offered RB Devonta Freeman a contract, so the team was clearly looking to add to its backfield. Hyde played surprisingly well in Houston last year, averaging 4.4 yards per carry on 245 attempts. He ranked 32nd in Elusive Rating and 10th in Pro Football Focus' rushing grades among 45 RBs with 100+ carries. Hyde is solid insurance behind RBs Chris Carson (hip) and Rashaad Penny (ACL), who are both recovering from serious injuries. Carson is expected to be ready for Week 1, but Penny isn't. We'd expect Hyde to open the season as Seattle's #2 RB, although his arrival does add some downside to Carson's 2020 fantasy outlook.

Chiefs RB Damien Williams left Sunday’s practice early because of a hamstring issue, according to Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. We’ll see how significant the injury is

Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette sat out Thursday's practice with foot and ankle issues after putting in a limited workout Wednesday. He put in full workouts all last week while being listed with the foot and hadn't appeared on the injury report at all since Week 10 before that. Fournette's looking iffy for Sunday's game at Houston -- and at the very least will be a high-risk fantasy option, especially against 1 of the league's toughest run defenses. We'll see about his status after Friday's practice.

The Browns used the 35th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on Georgia RB Nick Chubb. Chubb busted out as a true freshman back in 2014, racking up 1,547 yards and 14 TDs on 7.1 yards per carry. His 2015 was cut short in October by a catastrophic left knee injury: a torn PCL, MCL and LCL, plus cartilage damage and a dislocation. Chubb returned for 2016 but didn’t look like the same player, posting a career-low 5.0 yards per carry. He bounced back nicely this past year, carrying 223 times for 1,345 yards (6.0 YPC) and 15 TDs. Chubb proved that the knee injury is behind him by registering an 83rd percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. When healthy, this guy is as good a runner as any RB in the class. He’s mostly unproven in the passing game, though, totaling just 31 catches across 4 college seasons. Chubb won’t be doing much pass-catching in Cleveland with Duke Johnson in the same backfield. But the rookie has a good shot to beat out Carlos Hyde for lead ball-carrying duties. That’ll be a situation to monitor throughout the summer.

8:09pm EDT 9/21/17

Niners RB Carlos Hyde left Thursday night's game against the Rams early in the 1st quarter with a hip injury. He is questionable to return. Matt Breida is the next man up in the backfield.

Update: Hyde returned to the game

The 49ers selected Utah RB Joe Williams in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Williams has red flag character concerns in his past — he was suspended at UConn for credit card theft in 2013 and quit abruptly while with Utah in 2016. He returned to the Utes after 1 month after the team endured backfield injuries. On the field, Williams will need to improve his ball security and prove that he can threaten defenses out of the backfield. But he’s an impressive athlete from both a speed and agility perspective. The 23-year-old really displayed his talent this past season vs. UCLA, ripping off 332 yards on 29 carries. Now in San Francisco, he'll compete with Tim Hightower and others for a reserve role behind Carlos Hyde. Note that Hyde is entering a contract year.

11:41pm EST 12/24/16

49ers RB Carlos Hyde suffered a knee injury in Saturday's win over the Rams. "I'm praying it's not serious," he said afterward. "Hopefully I can come back and play next week." We'll look for an update on Hyde tomorrow.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde's (shoulder) status for this weekend's game against the Cardinals won't be determined until Saturday, HC Chip Kelly said. "It’s really range of motion and Carlos’ comfort level and that decision will be made after Saturday going through training with him sitting down with Ferg and doc McAdams in terms of where he feels he is at that point in time," Kelly explained. So Hyde figures to be listed as questionable on Friday's injury report. We'll look for word on his status Saturday. He'll be a lower-end RB2 if active in a tough spot in Arizona.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde told reporters on Wednesday that his shoulder injury is "definitely not long-term." He conceded that he's unlikely to be ready for this weekend's game against the Bucs but expects to be back after the Week 8 bye. RBs Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis figure to share backfield duties this Sunday. Neither is a reliable fantasy play.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde showed up on Tuesday with his right arm in a sling. Hyde was announced with a shoulder injury in the 3rd quarter of last weekend's game, briefly returned but didn't play at all in the 4th. Insider Matt Maiocco calls Hyde "iffy" for Week 7 against the Bucs. We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.

49ers RB coach Tom Rathman believes Carlos Hyde is a great fit in Chip Kelly’s offense. “I think he’s going to eat it up,” Rathman said. “If you look at some of the runners that they had in Philly -- Shady McCoy -- the production that he’s had. I see the same with Carlos.” McCoy topped 300 carries in 2013 and 2014, so Kelly’s certainly not afraid to ride 1 RB. It comes down to health for Hyde. If he can avoid injury, he should at least achieve mid-range RB2 value.

49ers HC Jim Tomsula confirmed that RB Carlos Hyde passed his concussion test and was held out for most of the 2nd half of Sunday's game as a precaution.  “He was evaluated for a head injury,” Tomsula said. “He was cleared, but opted not to put him in.”  Hyde carried 14 times for 43 yards and caught 4 balls for 18 yards before exiting.  He should be ready to step back in as San Francisco's lead back for next Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde exited in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game with a head injury.  He'll be evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return.  Rookie Mike Davis is operating as San Francisco's lead back with Hyde out.

Update: Hyde passed his concussion test and has been cleared to return.

49ers RB Reggie Bush (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.  He avoided a serious injury but should be considered week to week.  Carlos Hyde figures to serve as a 3-down back against vs. a soft Pittsburgh run defense.

Just a day after putting RB Carlos Hyde on the non-football injury list, the Niners have already removed him. That clears the 2nd-year back to open camp with the team. It's still not clear whether the same "muscle pull" -- as Jim Tomsula described it to -- from May initially landed Hyde on the list. But we should at least start finding out right away just how ready he is to take over for Frank Gore.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde will open training camp on the non-football injury list. He dealt with a minor calf muscle pull in May, but he hasn’t suffered another known injury since then. Team beat writers fully expect the 23-year-old to miss only a small portion of camp. Hyde remains a shaky fantasy pick at his current 3rd-round ADP.

49ers RB Carlos Hyde missed Thursday's voluntary team workout because of a leg injury, but it doesn't appear to be serious. “He’s working through the leg,” HC Jim Tomsula said, per “It’s nothing. I mean we got no big [injury], but we’re going to wait. We want you 100 percent. We’re doing this offseason thing and we’re doing things fast and we’re doing all those things, so we’re not going to push. It’s not the season, so we’re trying to treat that the right way.” We won't be concerned unless the issue starts to linger. The Niners have a mandatory minicamp June 9-11 but no other non-voluntary portions before training camp opens in July.

The 49ers selected RB Mike Davis in the 4th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Davis ripped off 1,183 yards on 5.8 yards per carry back in 2013 and looked like 1 of the top backs in college football.  But he struggled through nagging injuries this past year and averaged just 4.9 YPC.  Davis then disappointed with a 4.6-second 40 time at the Combine.  On the plus side, he's a hard-nosed runner and can contribute in the passing game.  He joins a 49ers backfield looking to replace Frank Gore.  San Francisco might not be completely sold on Carlos Hyde.  Over the past few months, they've tried to re-sign Gore, signed Reggie Bush and now drafted Davis.


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