GLENDALE, Ariz. – Running back Carlos Hyde is back in uniform on Sunday for the 49ers.
Hyde will play for the first time since he sustained an injured AC joint in his right shoulder on Oct. 16. He missed two games on both sides of the bye week. Hyde enters the game against the Arizona Cardinals as the 49ers’ leading rusher.
DuJuan Harris, who started last week’s game against the New Orleans Saints, is expected to see considerable action on Sunday against the Cardinals. In two games, Harris has 98 yards rushing on 21 carries. He also has seven receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown.
Hyde is the 49ers’ leading rusher with 429 yards and six touchdowns on 109 carries. Hyde is just 41 yards shy of his season-season NFL high of 470 yards, which he gained last year in seven games.
Second-year running back Mike Davis, who started the first game that Hyde missed, was inactive for the first time this season.
Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) were ruled out of Sunday’s game due to injuries. Eli Harold is scheduled to make his sixth start of the season in place of Lynch, who served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy of substances of abuse to open the season.
QB Christian Ponder
RB Mike Davis
CB Rashard Robinson
OLB Aaron Lynch
T John Theus
TE Je’Ron Hamm
DT Chris Jones
WR Chris Hubert
CB Tharold Simon
S Tyrann Mathieu
G Cole Toner
DT Olsen Pierre
DT Robert Nkemdiche
DT Ed Stinson
Remember all those stories about how the 49ers were going to try to sign Kirk Cousins?
Well. They were all accurate.
On Wednesday, 49ers GM John Lynch was asked about acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo at the deadline.
"We made the trade, but then there were some days when Kyle Shanahan was like in mourning, because I think everybody knows his master plan was to have Kirk Cousins come in eventually," Lynch said on ESPN radio. "I was proud of Kyle because I think he knew that this was the right thing for our franchise and he didn't hesitate.
"But even then, Jimmy had to really prove himself. Kyle was really smart -- he didn't play him right away ... when he did put him in, he put him in a position to succeed.
"I would tell you that Jimmy really impressed Kyle, to the point where he said, 'This is our guy.'"
Yes. Garoppolo is the 49ers' guy.
The 26-year old signed a 5-year deal worth up to more than $137 million (with over $74 million guaranteed).
Cousins, meanwhile, inked a 3-year deal with Minnesota that will pay him $84 million guaranteed.
Terrell Owens has selected former 49ers special teams and wide receivers coach George Stewart as his presenter into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“He knew what to get out of me,” Owens told the Hall of Fame.
“He knows who I am. To know who Terrell Owens is, you have to spend some time with him. . . George Stewart became a father figure to me.”
Owens was elected into the Hall of Fame in February. He will enter the Hall of Fame in a class that also includes wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile, safety Brian Dawkins, guard Jerry Kramer, and contributor Bobby Beathard.
Owens played special teams under Stewart’s direction as a rookie after coming to the 49ers in 1996.
From 2000 to ’02, Stewart worked as the 49ers’ wide receivers coach. Owens was selected to three consecutive All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls during that time. Owens ranks No. 2 all time behind Jerry Rice with 15,934 receiving yards. He is third all-time with 153 receiving touchdowns.
Stewart is set to enter his 30th NFL season as an assistant coach and his second as special-teams coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Class of 2018 will be enshrined inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 4.