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Carlos Hyde ranks third in NFL in rushing, listed as limited through two Week 4 practices

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If Hyde can stay healthy (a huge IF), he is in position to do some damage ont he ground.

NFL: Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers released their Thursday practice participation report yesterday afternoon, and running back Carlos Hyde was again listed as limited. He suffered a hip injury last Thursday, and while he did leave the game, he would eventually return. He will likely be listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report, but it is hard to see him sitting this weekend.

Hyde heads into the weekend ranked No. 3 in the NFL in rushing yards. He has 253 yards, which puts him behind Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (288) and Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (401). Hyde is a yard ahead of Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard, although Howard has a fourth game already under his belt. Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson follow with 241 and 235 yards, respectively.

Through three games, this is Hunt’s world and the rest of the running backs are just living in it. Hunt is averaging an insane 8.5 yards per carry, and is the first running back in NFL history with a 50+ yard touchdown run in each of his first three NFL games.

Hyde is currently averaging 5.2 yards per carry. It is highly unlikely Hunt maintains his 8.5 yards per carry pace, but Andy Reid offenses have always been good to running backs. He has yet to face a top ten run defense, with Houston, Buffalo, Washington, Miami, and two games against Denver the list of teams that currently hold a top ten ranking. And yet, I think we see him continue to benefit in Andy Reid’s offensive scheme.

If Carlos Hyde can stay on the field, he too should continue piling up yards. The health question has been a persistent one during his NFL career, but when healthy, he has been a bulldozer. I did not anticipate Kareem Hunt busting out when I made my 75/1 odds bet on Hyde leading the NFL in rushing. However, ranking third three weeks in is not too bad. If the 49ers offensive line can continue to come together a little better, Hyde could do some big things the rest of this season.