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49ers optimistic Hyde's knee injury is not severe

49ers optimistic Hyde's knee injury is not severe

LOS ANGELES – The 49ers were cautiously optimistic running back Carlos Hyde did not sustain a severe knee injury as the team left the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday evening.

Hyde sustained a left knee injury early in the fourth quarter when Los Angeles Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines went low to Hyde as he turned upfield after catching a short pass from Colin Kaepernick.

Hyde buckled to the ground in pain. He required assistance to leave the field and was immediately taken to the 49ers’ locker room for further observation. The extent of Hyde’s injury will not officially be known until he undergoes an MRI examination, but the 49ers were hopeful and optimistic that he sustained a less-severe MCL sprain that will not require surgery.

“I’m praying it’s not serious,” Hyde said after the 49ers’ 22-21 victory.

Although the hit looked as if it could have been interpreted as a dirty play, 49ers defensive backs Antoine Bethea and Rashard Robinson both labeled is as “just a football play.”

“I can’t say that was a dirty play,” Bethea said. “He caught the ball. The corner went to make a tackle.

“You can’t hit them high. That’s what the NFL has pushed the DBs to do. Can’t hit them high. I’ve heard plenty of offensive guys tell me, ‘I’d rather you hit me up high, rather than my legs.’ But those offensive guys aren’t paying our fines. I think it was a clean play. It was just unfortunate that Carlos had to come out.”

Hyde left the game after gaining 38 yards rushing on 13 rushing attempts. He is just 12 yards shy of gaining 1,000 yards on the season.

After the play was originally ruled as an incomplete pass, referee Walt Anderson reversed the call. He determined Hyde caught the pass and Gaines’ hit caused a fumble that Rams defensive lineman Morgan Fox recovered.

The Rams ended up cashing in that turnover for a touchdown to take a 21-7 lead with 10:32 remaining in the fourth quarter before the 49ers’ improbable game-winning rally.

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reveals he still texts with Tom Brady

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo reveals he still texts with Tom Brady

Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady always will remain connected in the media. Apparently, the two quarterbacks still are connected with each other through their phones. 

Appearing on Freakonomics Radio's The Hidden Side of Sports, the 49ers quarterback explained that he became close with both Brady and quarterback Jacoby Brissett during his time with the Patriots. 

"We always had a good relationship," Garoppolo said. "Initially when I was younger, kind of like an older brother type of relationship, but as I got older and matured through the NFL, we became closer and we became good friends. 

"You know, we still text here and there. Jacoby was a good friend of mine, too."

Garoppolo and Brady even shared the same agent, Don Yee, in New England, and still do to this day.

"The three of us always were texting each other," said Garoppolo, who was traded to the 49ers last year. "Everyone said it was a terrible decision to have the same agent, but I think it worked out very well. 

"Our agents look out for both of us, both of our best interest. But at the end of the day, it's the NFL. It's a business."

Garoppolo made quite the stir this summer when he made comments on how he "thought he was better" than Brady when he was backing up the five-time Super Bowl winner.

“It’s like when I go to New England,” Garoppolo said in July as part of a feature story with Bleacher Report. “When I first got there, I thought in my head, ‘I’m better than this dude.' "

It sure sounds that off the field, the two quarterbacks are on much better terms than perceived. On the field, Brady has thrown for 511 yards and five touchdowns with one interception this season while Garoppolo is behind at 467 yards and three touchdowns with three interceptions.

49ers LB Reuben Foster says return from suspension is like celebrating holiday

49ers LB Reuben Foster says return from suspension is like celebrating holiday

SANTA CLARA – Second-year linebacker Reuben Foster was around his teammates during the first two weeks of the regular season, but Monday marked a new beginning for him.

After serving a two-game suspension for violations of the NFL’s policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct, Foster was able to participate in all team activities when he reported back to work on Monday.

“It’s like a holiday, just knowing I can come back and play the game I love,” Foster said on Thursday. “So I’m just happy to be playing the cards right and doing good off the field and on the field, and doing nothing off the field so I won’t be off the field again.”

Foster, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2017, admitted during training camp that he feared his career could be over when he faced an allegation of domestic violence. He was cleared of those charges, but served an NFL suspension that stemmed from marijuana and weapons charges.

During his suspension, Foster was able to attend all meetings but was not allowed to attend games, participate in practice, watch practice or take part in team lifting sessions.

Brock Coyle and Elijah Lee started the first two games at weak side linebacker in place of Foster. He is expected to provide the 49ers with a much-needed playmaker on defense upon his return.

“This is his first game back. We’re excited to have him,” said cornerback Richard Sherman, whose locker is stationed next to Foster’s. “He’s excited to be back out there. He brings incredible energy and speed and explosiveness and physicality to the defense, and we appreciate it.”

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Foster will make his season debut on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. His presence is something coach Andy Reid said his team is game-planning against.

“Reuben’s a good football player,” Reid said. “We looked at him when he came out, liked him, had him visit up here, the whole deal. He’s a heck of a football player, and he flies around and makes plays. We’re going to be aware of where he’s at, and do our best to do well against him.”

Foster's return comes at a good time. The defense is banged up and going against one of the fastest offenses in the NFL.

Said 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, “He’s got fresh legs. He looks fast. So we’re excited to have him back. Love his energy.”

Foster also seems to love his new role in the defense. Rookie Fred Warner is wearing the green dot on his helmet, signifying the responsibility of relaying the radio call from the sideline to his 10 teammates in the huddle.

Because he no longer has that duty on defense, Foster says it allows him up to just play football with a clear mind and “get on someone’s tail.”

Warner, who will remain as the starter in the middle of the 49ers’ defense, appears cut out for that leadership role, Foster said.

“I’ve seen a real dog in Fred, a real mature man who goes about his business,” Foster said. “And I really salute him for that. I’m proud of him for stepping up and taking control of the defense, wearing the green sticker. I’ve worn the green sticker, and it’s hard to wear the green sticker, so I’m really proud of him.”