With Hyde likely out, 49ers expected to turn to three RBs vs Saints

With Hyde likely out, 49ers expected to turn to three RBs vs Saints

SANTA CLARA – When asked earlier in the week about his availability for Sunday’s game, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde did not sound like a person who expected to play.

Hyde said he is still experiencing pain in his right shoulder after sustaining an injury to his AC joint in the 49ers’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 16. He missed the next week’s game against Tampa Bay before the bye week.

Outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) are both out for Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints at Levi’s Stadium. Hyde is listed as questionable.

With Hyde not expected to be active the game, the 49ers would likely use a combination of the three healthy running backs on their 53-man roster.

DuJuan Harris saw the most playing time in the 49ers’ 34-17 loss to the Buccaneers. Harris made his season debut after being activated from the practice squad the day before the game. He played 26 of the 49ers’ 70 offensive snaps. Harris gained 39 yards rushing on 11 carries. He also caught two passes for 18 yards.

“I think DuJuan’s earned more opportunity based on how he played,” 49ers offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said.

Shaun Draughn played 23 snaps against Tampa Bay with Hyde sidelined. Mike Davis, who started, played 21 snaps. Draughn was used more in the passing game, as he carried once for 16 yards and caught a team-high five passes for 37 yards. Davis gained 21 yards on seven carries.

Hyde leads the 49ers with 429 yards and six touchdowns on 109 carries this season. He has 13 receptions for 66 yards.

49ers-Cardinals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game


49ers-Cardinals odds, predictions: Betting lines, picks for NFL Week 11 game

Everything hasn't been coming up roses for the 49ers in the last week thanks to some injuries and an overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The team will face the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks in Week 11. After failing to sack Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray in the first meeting, Nick Bosa will try to do better the second time around.

Murray has been sacked 31 times, which ranks as the third-most in the league. San Francisco, on the other hand, ranks second in the NFL in total sacks (35) and yards allowed per game (251.6).

Here is how NFL writers across the league see the 49ers-Cardinals game shaking out:


Caesars: SF -480
Consensus: SF -500
Westgate: SF -550
Wynn: SF -550

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Josh Weinfuss, ESPN: 49ers 31, Cardinals 20
Nick Wagoner, ESPN: 49ers 27, Cardinals 17
Michael David Smith, PFT: 49ers 16, Cardinals 13
Michael Florio, PFT: 49ers 34, Cardinals 21

Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout


Colin Kaepernick calls out Roger Goodell, NFL owners following workout

First, Colin Kaepernick sent a message with his arm. Then he sent one with his words.

"I've been ready for three years, and I've been denied for three years," Kaepernick told the media following his NFL workout in Atlanta on Saturday. "We all know why I came out here and showed it today in front of everybody -- we have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, the 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth, stop running from the people. 

"Around here, we're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent Jeff Nalley is ready to talk to any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready, I'm staying ready and I'll continue to be ready."

By most accounts, Kaepernick was thoroughly impressive in his workout, showcasing the arm strength that once made him perhaps the most feared quarterback in the league. The workout originally was supposed to be held at the Falcons practice facility and closed to the media, but Kaepernick and his representatives changed the location to ensure transparency.

"Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on," Kaepernick said. "We weren't getting that elsewhere, so we came out here."

"It's important that y'all are here," he said to the media in attendance. "Y'all been attacked for the last three years. Y'all continue to be attacked. We appreciate what y'all do. We appreciate you being here today. We appreciate the work you do for the people and telling the truth. That's what we want in everything."

All Kaepernick has ever wanted is a fair opportunity. We can debate whether or not what took place Saturday was indeed "fair", but clearly, he feels he proved enough with his performance. Now we wait and see if the NFL's intentions were at all genuine, or if the workout simply was a thinly-veiled PR move.

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"We'll continue to give you updates as we hear," Kaepernick said in closing. "We'll be waiting to hear from Roger Goodell, the NFL, the 32 teams ... we'll let you know if we hear from them.

"Ball's in their court, we're ready to go."