The San Francisco 49ers will continue to roll out running back Carlos Hyde. Jim Tomsula was on KNBR Tuesday morning, and he said the current expectation is that Hyde will play this Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
Hyde is dealing with what is being described as a stress fracture, but the medical staff seems to think it is not something that is a significant issue to sit him. Tomsula made it clear they were following the protocol set forth by the medical staff, and he has faith in what they are prescribing.
Eric Branch and Matt Barrows each took some time to chat with orthopedic surgeons about the injury. The three surgeons all indicated that rest is a big boost to recovery. Dr. Ken Jung suggested to Eric Branch that a stress fracture takes four-to-six weeks, but all the surgeons acknowledged it is not necessarily the exact types of fractures they are discussing. Surgery could be an eventuality, but we don't know for certain.
I was asked over the weekend about the 49ers handling of Hyde. It is entirely possible this is a serious mistake by the 49ers, and they should shut him down sooner rather than later. But without being in the training room, it is hard to say for certain. Given how poorly the 49ers are performing, it does not strike me as the best idea, but what do I know?
And for those wondering, this is apparently where Hyde might have injured his left foot.