Hyde on the hit that injured him: 'It was a football play'

Hyde on the hit that injured him: 'It was a football play'

SANTA CLARA – Running back Carlos Hyde initially thought the season-ending left knee injury he sustained Saturday in Los Angeles might follow him into the 2017 season.

Fortunately for Hyde, the MRI examination on Christmas Day revealed an MCL sprain. He will rest, ice and rehab his left knee and be ready long before the beginning of the 49ers’ offseason program in April.

The bad news is Hyde's season was cut short with him standing at 988 rushing yards.

“It sucks not being able to get that thousand yards,” Hyde said on Wednesday. “Definitely coming up 12 yards shy is just more motivation to go into this season to grind hard and get ready 2017.”

In his three-year NFL career, Hyde has yet to make it healthy through a full season. He missed the final two games of 2014 with an ankle injury. Last season, he appeared in just seven games due to a stress fractured in his foot. This season, he missed two games with a shoulder sprain earlier in the season before the knee injury cut short his season.

At the suggestion that he could be prone to injury, Hyde said the past two season-ending conditions were unavoidable but the injury to the AC joint in his right shoulder could have been prevented. 

“This injury with my knee and last year with my foot were just unfortunate injuries – just part of the game,” Hyde said. “Now the shoulder injury, that’s on me. (I) need to build my shoulders up and get my shoulders strong. That’s something I could’ve corrected, but I didn’t. Now I know.”

On Saturday, Hyde may narrowly avoided a more serious injury. Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines connected low on Hyde, who had just started turn upfield after reaching up to catch a pass on the left side from Colin Kaepernick.

Hyde said he did not consider Gaines’ hit a dirty play.

“It was just a football play,” Hyde said. “Not too many people are going to try to hit me up high. It’s part of the game. Someway, somehow, next time I’m in that position, try to avoid that. But, yeah, it’s just a football play.”


2019 NFL Draft live stream: Start time, how to watch Round 1 online

2019 NFL Draft live stream: Start time, how to watch Round 1 online

All the mock drafts have been turned in and all the players have been evaluated. Now, it's time to turn in your draft cards.

The NFL world has descended on Nashville, Tenn., this week for the 2019 NFL Draft. College stars Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Rashan Gary and others likely will here their names called early Thursday when the first round begins at 5 p.m. PT.

The Arizona Cardinals have the No. 1 overall pick, but it is not clear who they will take. The San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers round out the top five.

You won't want to miss a second of the action.

Here's how you can watch the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft:

When: Thursday, April 25, at 5 p.m PT
Live Stream: WatchESPN

NFL draft rumors 2019: Latest news, trade talk before Round 1 picks start

NFL draft rumors 2019: Latest news, trade talk before Round 1 picks start

Thirty-two football players lives will change forever Thursday night when they're drafted by NFL teams. But it isn't a simple process.

The draft order certainly will change, as teams jockey for position to pick the player they really want. Top of the list for many is Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, followed by a host of pass rushers -- Ohio State's Nick Bosa, Alabama's Quinnen Williams and Kentucky's Josh Allen, just to name a few.

The Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to pick first, followed by the 49ers, New York Jets and Raiders. What those four teams do could set the tone for the draft, so there will be lots of news and trade speculation surrounding them.

Follow this live blog through the day, until the start of Round 1 at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET, and see how the dominoes might fall.

4:28 a.m.: If the Raiders want to take a quarterback, it might not be Kyler Murray.

5:51 a.m.: There are two teams that reportedly could try to move up in the first round.

6.16 a.m.: Meanwhile, these teams reportedly are looking to trade down,

7:19 a.m.: The Cardinals reportedly have whittled down their choices for the No. 1 overall pick.

7:38 a.m.: This seems like a bad idea. 

7:44 a.m.: Even Josh Rosen has no idea what the Cardinals are going to do.