Fooch’s update: Ian Rapoport tweeted that Hyde is in fact out for Sunday, and DuJuan Harris will start in his place. Rapoport suggested Harris was a surprise start over Shaun Draughn, but I think most 49ers fans expected this.
It is looking rather unlikely that San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde will play later today when the team hosts the New Orleans Saints. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport both reported it was unlikely. Schefter tweeted Hyde would be a pre-game decision, “but it does not sound promising.” Rapoport tweeted Hyde, “needs another week to heal. It would be a major surprise if he plays today.”
Hyde suffered a sprained AC joint in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills. He was a DNP at practice in Week 7 and ruled out fairly quickly. The 49ers had a bye in Week 8, and then Hyde was listed as limited while wearing a non-contact jersey all this past week. Chip Kelly said on Thursday he did not know if Hyde would be available, and Hyde himself was not sure if he could go against the Saints.
DuJuan Harris is likely to start in Hyde’s place on Sunday. Mike Davis got the start in Week 7, but Harris surpassed him in snaps and touches. Shaun Draughn also got more work than Davis. All three running backs will likely see work, but Harris was sufficiently effective that it makes sense to give him some more work against the Saints.