The San Francisco 49ers will likely be without running back Carlos Hyde this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Head coach Chip Kelly said Hyde will not practice on Wednesday, and, “[i]t’s a stretch he’ll play this week.” Kelly said they will track him through the week, but if he does not play Thursday or Friday, it is highly unlikely he plays on Sunday.
Hyde suffered a shoulder injury in the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills. He returned for three plays over a couple series before missing the fourth quarter. He was posted in a sling on Tuesday. The team has a bye next week, so it makes sense to get him a couple weeks rest on the shoulder.
The 49ers will likely start Mike Davis in place of Hyde against the Bucs. Shaun Draughn will be available, and it is likely the team will promote DuJuan Harris from the practice squad. Draughn entered Week 6 as the team’s primary backup running back, but Davis emerged ahead of him. Kelly and OC Curtis Modkins talked about Davis’ strong work in practice as the reason he moved ahead of Draughn on the depth chart.