The San Francisco 49ers will be without starting running back Carlos Hyde on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hyde said on Wednesday that he expects to miss only one game with a shoulder injury, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. Head coach Chip Kelly said that it would be a stretch for Hyde to play, and rather than wait for the injury report, we now know that he definitely will not play in the game.
Hyde, 26, was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2014 and has been the starting running back for the past two seasons. Unfortunately, he’s developed a bit of an injury history, missing nine games last season. In six games this year, Hyde has rushed 109 times for 429 yards and 6 touchdowns.
He’s been very effective, and the 49ers also have a good rushing quarterback in Colin Kaepernick. But the offense will be hard-pressed to perform without Hyde. Shaun Draughn is the primary backup behind Hyde and should get the start on Sunday.