The San Francisco 49ers confirmed to the media on Saturday that running back Carlos Hyde remains in the concussion protocol. He remains on track to play next week in the season opener. The team will return to practice, at which point we’ll find out if he is asymptomatic. And considering the 49ers only kept two other running backs on the 53-man roster, it is safe to say they are comfortable with Hyde’s status.
The 49ers waived DuJuan Harris and Kelvin Taylor during their final roster cuts. I was a little surprised by that. I figured they would keep a fourth running back. Instead, Shaun Draughn and Mike Davis are the only backups. The team could very well sign another running back at any point, but they are comfortable as is.
Draughn did not play in the final three preseason games, after suffering a rib injury. Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said a week or so ago that Draughn was the No. 2, so it is no surprise he has stuck around. Modkins compared Draughn to Theo Riddick, so I imagine we might see some of Draughn in the passing game.
Davis dealt with some fumble issues early in the preseason, but he has shown marked improvement from an awful rookie season. He needs to carry it over into the regular season, and it is safe to say there will be a lot of opportunities for the two backups this fall.