The San Francisco 49ers are back at practice on Wednesday, and they will be without a couple of notable players. Head coach Jim Tomsula said running back Carlos Hyde will not practice, and linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been placed in the concussion protocol. NaVorro Bowman will get a veteran's day off.
Hyde has not practiced since the lead up to Week 7. Jim Tomsula thought he would return to practice last week, but that did not happen. Over the weekend, Matt Barrows reported the plan was to get Hyde back on the field either this week or next week. Hyde still has time later this week to get on the practice field, but odds seem pretty good we won't see him this weekend against Arizona. That would mean Shaun Draughn will get a third straight start in the meantime.
Brooks entered the concussion protocol because he reported a bit of a headache this week, according to Tomsula. He will have to clear through the protocol before he can play. That requires he be asymptomatic at rest, and again after exertion, before going through a contact test at the end of the week. He will be listed as a DNP today, and we'll see what happens the rest of the week.
Someone asked Tomsula if Tank Carradine would get some of those reps if Brooks cannot go. Tomsula wouldn't confirm anything, but he did talk up Tank a bit. He said Tank is slimming down, and was getting pass rush work on the scout team, as well as a little bit with the defense. It remains to be seen though if he'll play this week given that he has cut upwards of 20 pounds fairly quickly.