49ers running back Carlos Hyde closes in on 1,000-yard mark

49ers running back Carlos Hyde closes in on 1,000-yard mark

SANTA CLARA – Running back Carlos Hyde is within striking distance of the 1,000-yard club.

Hyde is just 121 yards from hitting the milestone after rushing for a career-high 193 yards, the sixth-biggest day in 49ers history, in the 49ers’ 23-17 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday.

“It’s in reach, but I don’t want to focus on it too much,” Hyde said Thursday. “I'm more focused on winning, whatever I can do to get my team in position to win.”

Hyde will have to continue to work with a shuffled offensive line in front of him.

Veteran Zane Beadles moved to left tackle to replace Joe Staley, who was out with a hamstring injury. Marcus Martin started at left guard, then moved to center after Daniel Kilgore sustained a season-ending hamstring injury. Andrew Tiller took over at left guard.

“I really haven’t made any adjustments at all,” Hyde said. “Marcus is being very vocal this week, which is good. He’s trying to lead the charge and take over that center position.

“It’s kind of easy. They’re on the same page. I communicate with them and see what they see. We all try to communicate so we’re on the same page.”

The 49ers rank fourth in the NFL in rushing yards. The Atlanta Falcons on Sunday figure to focus on containing the 49ers’ running game. The 49ers rank last in the NFL in passing yards. Hyde has certainly gotten the attention of Falcons coach Dan Quinn.

“I watched him and thought he was tough and fast, and then this year between him and (DuJuan) Harris and Shaun (Draughn), I thought their running backs look terrific,” Quinn said.

“And then the offensive line on the combination blocks, I knew it was different from playing Philadelphia last year when Chip (Kelly) was there to playing the Niners now, in terms of a scheme standpoint. It looks different, I’m sure because of how they want to feature the players differently than what they had at Philly.”

Jimmy Garoppolo knee injury isn't Taylor Swift's fault, and here's why

Jimmy Garoppolo knee injury isn't Taylor Swift's fault, and here's why

Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season Sunday when his left leg buckled as he tried to cut on the Arrowhead Stadium turf. So will there now be bad blood between 49ers fans and Taylor Swift?

Let us explain ...

Swift’s Sept. 8 show at Arrowhead set a stadium record for concert attendance with 58,611 -- set list here, for those interested. The immense crowd -- some of which stood on the natural grass playing field -- forced officials at the Chiefs' stadium to re-sod the turf, and just 15 days later, the 49ers were left with a blank space at starting quarterback after Garoppolo tore his ACL on that surface.

Kyle Shanahan wasn't happy about losing his QB, to say the least, and the 49ers coach mentioned the turf re-sodding when asked Monday if the team would review its training methods because of ACL tears for Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon in the past month.

"People can, if they want. I personally think they're wasting time," Shanahan said of possible training program changes. "One guy made a cut in Kansas City on some re-sodded turf after a Taylor Swift concert -- I don't know if that had anything to do with it -- and the other guy made a cut on our practice field in the last play of practice. So, whatever information we get, it wouldn't affect me very much. We can't tell them to avoid Kansas City if we play there."

As Shanahan mentioned, no one knows if the turf conditions led to Garoppolo's season-ending injury, and it probably didn't. ACL tears, unfortunately, are commonplace in football, and correlation doesn't imply causation. Plus, a 2017 U2 concert at Arrowhead just five days before a Chiefs-Eagles game didn't lead to any documented catastrophic injuries.

So, Shanahan, the 49ers and The Faithful will have to stop wondering if this is why we can't have nice things, then just shake it off. There's 13 games left, and anything can happen in today's NFL.

Click to watch Shanahan's full press conference on YouTube

NFL co-rushing leader Matt Breida questionable vs. Chargers


NFL co-rushing leader Matt Breida questionable vs. Chargers

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Matt Breida, who is tied for the NFL’s rushing lead, is listed as questionable for the 49ers’ Week 4 game at the Los Angeles Chargers, head coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday.

Breida sustained a hyperextended right knee Sunday during the first half of the 49ers’ 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He returned in the third quarter and finished with 90 yards on 10 carries. Breida on Monday also had some calf soreness, Shanahan said.

Shanahan made note of the playing surface at Arrowhead Stadium, which recently had been re-sodded after a Sept. 8 Taylor Swift concert. He said he wasn't sure if the turf had anything to do with the injuries to Breida or quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who tore the ACL in his left knee when he tried to make a cut near the left sideline to stay inbounds.

Entering the Monday night game, Breida is tied for the NFL lead with Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott with 274 rushing yards on the season. Breida has carried the ball 32 times this season and is averaging 8.6 yards per attempt. Elliott has attempted 48 runs.

Shanahan gave other 49ers injury updates Monday:

-- Cornerback Richard Sherman has a calf strain and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

-- Guard Mike Person has a knee sprain and is questionable for the game against the Chargers.

-- Guard Joshua Garnett still is nursing a toe injury and isn't expected to be available.

-- Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin made it through Sunday’s game healthy after sitting out Week 2 with a deep thigh bruise.

-- Safety Adrian Colbert sustained a hip injury and will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

-- Running back Alfred Morris had an ankle injury but returned to action. His practice availability will be determined Wednesday.

Click to watch Shanahan's full press conference on YouTube