Kelly: Hyde's season-ending knee injury does not require surgery

Kelly: Hyde's season-ending knee injury does not require surgery

SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde will not be available for the final game of the season, 49ers coach Chip Kelly said on Monday.

However, the MRI examination Hyde underwent on Christmas Day provided mostly good news for the third-year running back. Hyde sustained a medial-collateral ligament sprain of his left knee. The injury will not require surgery.

Hyde will miss the final game of the season on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. But the injury will not prevent Hyde from any offseason workouts to prepare for the 2017 season.

“The fact that it’s a non-surgical thing is the thing that’s positive,” Kelly said. “It’s unfortunate we won’t have him for Seattle, but it’s good news for Carlos.”

Hyde sustained the injury on Saturday after catching a short pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As Hyde made the catch and turned upfield, Los Angeles Rams defensive back E.J. Gaines dove at Hyde’s knees. Gaines forced the fumble, which the Rams recovered.

"I think Kap was pressured a little bit," Kelly said. "It was a naked roll out and we slipped Carlos into the flat real quick. I think there was a defensive end up the field a little quick and Kap was trying to bump it out there quick. I don’t think it was exactly out in front of him so he kind of had to turn back to catch it."

Los Angeles scored off the turnover to take a 14-point lead, but the 49ers rallied with 15 points in the final five minutes for a 22-21 victory at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Hyde finishes the season with 988 yards rushing with six touchdowns on 217 carries. He averaged 4.6 yards per rushing attempt. Hyde also caught 27 passes for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

The 49ers suit up three running backs for games. Shaun Draughn and DuJuan Harris are likely to be joined on the 46-man active roster for Sunday's game by Mike Davis, who has been inactive for much of this season.

49ers sign former first-round pick guard


49ers sign former first-round pick guard

The 49ers added some talent in the trenches on Tuesday.

Guard Jonathan Cooper inked a one-year deal, the team announced.

Cooper was originally drafted No. 7 overall by the Cardinals in 2013. After two seasons in Arizona, he spent time with the Patriots, Browns and Cowboys.

Last season, he appeared in 13 games for Dallas.

“Having started 27 games in four NFL seasons, Jonathan brings great experience to the interior of our offensive line. We look forward to him competing for a starting job at guard, while also bringing a veteran presence to our locker room. Jonathan is a welcome addition to our team,” GM John Lynch said in a statement.

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

Richard Sherman envisions making contributions to 49ers on and off the field

SANTA CLARA – Veteran cornerback Richard Sherman believes he has a lot of good football ahead of him.

But he knows he is not coming to the 49ers after seven seasons with the rival Seattle Seahawks just for how he fits into defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s scheme. The 49ers signed Sherman to a three-year contract on March 10 -- one day after the Seahawks released him.

Sherman, who turns 30 on March 30, views his job description as being a major influence and contributor to the 49ers on and off the field.

“I think it’s probably 50-50,” Sherman said Tuesday in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “Obviously, I’m going to be asked to play at a high level, and that’s what I expect from myself and that’s what I expect to bring to this team. But outside of that, I think I bring an aspect of culture and a winning mentality.”

Sherman is a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three-time first-team All-Pro. He said the commitment to winning is all-consuming. It is a mindset he helps to share with his new teammates.

“It’s about waking up and doing things that will contribute to winning later, whether it’s your diet, your sleep habits, how you treat your teammates, how you converse,” Sherman said. “Do you go out tonight or do you stay in and get some extra studying? What are you doing to help us win the game on Sunday? Just that mentality will help a lot of these people.”

There might be no young player on the 49ers in need of a good role model more than Reuben Foster, who is set to enter his second NFL season. Foster was arrested this offseason for possession of marijuana in Alabama. A month later, he was arrested in Los Gatos for alleged domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said no decision has yet been reached whether to pursue criminal charges against Foster.

Sherman said he has not spoken to Foster but he will be willing to be a mentor to Foster and provide him with support. Sherman said he has heard a lot of great things about Foster.

“If I can help him, I’ll do my best,” Sherman said. “I look forward to meeting him and being a teammate of his, and helping him in any way I can. To think I can change everything he does, I’d be foolish to say I could. But am I going to try my best to help him and put him in positions to be more successful in the future? Yes, I am.”