The San Francisco 49ers will be without running back Carlos Hyde this week when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hyde injured his shoulder against the Buffalo Bills, and after returning for three plays over two series, departed and missed the fourth quarter.
The 49ers have a bye in Week 8, so it makes sense he would sit out Week 7. It gives him time to get the shoulder right over two weeks. On Wednesday, Hyde told 49ers media that the injury is not a long-term issue, and he expects to be back in the lineup when the 49ers host the New Orleans Saints in Week 9.
In his place, the 49ers will likely start running back Mike Davis. The second year back looked good in the preseason, averaging at least five yards per carry in three of the four preseason games. However, he has again struggled in the regular season, averaging 1.8 yards per carry on ten carries. He faces a decent but not great Bucs defense in Week 7. Shaun Draughn and DuJuan Harris will likely work into the mix as well, but I am hoping Davis gets the lion’s share of carries just so we can see if he can get in some kind of rhythm.