San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde appears to be back to full health.
Hyde was not listed on the 49ers injury report and has been cleared for full contact after sustaining a concussion during the team’s third preseason game on Aug. 26.
Hyde returned to practice on a limited basis and was cleared for football activities Wednesday, suggesting his full return to the practice field was imminent. That imminent return came to realization Thursday and it appears Hyde will be ready to take on a full workload for the Niners in their season opener against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night.
The third-year tailback rushed for 470 yards and 3 touchdowns through the first seven games of the 2015 season before sustaining a stress fracture in his foot that ended his season.
Head coach Chip Kelly will gladly welcome Hyde back into the lineup. During Kelly’s first two seasons with the Eagles, his featured tailback got at least 312 carries. That suggests a ton of usage for Hyde if he can stay healthy throughout the entire season.
Hyde is back in the fold, but that won’t cure all of San Francisco’s offensive woes. Kelly will still have his work cut out for him as he embarks on his second NFL coaching job.