Matthew Dayes

Jeff Wilson leaves 49ers vs. Rams season finale with shoulder injury


Jeff Wilson leaves 49ers vs. Rams season finale with shoulder injury

LOS ANGELES -- Jeff Wilson suffered a shoulder injury and is questionable to return to Sunday's season finale, leaving veteran Alfred Morris and second-year pro Matthew Dayes as the 49ers' only running backs against the Rams.

The 49ers could lean on fullback Kyle Juszczyk, who has just six carries for 21 yards this season, if Morris or Dayes also are hurt, and Wilson can't return.

Wilson had carried the ball just three times for 9 yards as the 49ers fell behind 14-0 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The undrafted rookie entered the game with 63 carries for 257 yards after taking over for Matt Breida, who had struggled with an ankle injury for most of the season.

Needless to say, it will put more pressure on quarterback Nick Mullens if the 49ers can't get their running game going.

49ers promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

49ers promote running back Matthew Dayes from practice squad

SANTA CLARA  — The 49ers have promoted running Matthew Dayes to the active roster and have waived defensive back Tyvis Powell heading into their Monday night game facing the New York Giants.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco earlier on Monday that Dayes would be added to the active roster.

Dayes will be the team’s third running back behind Matt Breida and Alfred Morris. Jeff Wilson was the other candidate from the practice squad available to be promoted. 

When the team lost running back Raheem Mostert to a season-ending injury, they also lost a valuable special teams contributor. Dayes provides some support in that area. 

Dayes (5-foot-9, 205 pounds) returned 18 kickoffs for 437 yards in his rookie season with the Browns. He appeared in 16 games, carried five times for 13 yards and caught four passes for 29 yards last season.

Dayes was a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns last year from North Carolina State, where he rushed for 1,166 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior.

Two possible options to replace Raheem Mostert on 49ers' 53-man roster

Two possible options to replace Raheem Mostert on 49ers' 53-man roster

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers will have to promote a running back to the 53-man roster, but they haven't made it official yet.

The 49ers lost another running back to a season-ending injury when Raheem Mostert broke his forearm in the Thursday night game against the Raiders on Nov. 1. He had been a bright spot for the team that already had lost Jerick McKinnon prior to the start of the season.

Mostert carried the ball 41 times for 297 yards, giving him a whopping 7.7 yards per carry. He's also known for being a standout player on special teams. 

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said he and the staff knew who they would promote but couldn’t make the announcement yet. 

“Yes, we have decided, “ Shanahan said. “But I haven’t told them yet. So, I apologize. I would, but it’s recorded, and I’ve got to tell them first.”

One option for the promotion would be North Texas rookie Jeff Wilson. In his senior year, the 6-foot, 195-pound running back carried the ball 188 times for 1,215 yards. In three preseason games with the 49ers, he rushed 19 times for 60 yards and one touchdown.

Maybe a more likely promotion is sophomore back Matthew Dayes. The 5-9, 205-pound running back spent his first season with the Browns. While he carried the ball just five times for 13 yards with Cleveland, he registered 19 kickoff returns for 437 yards, a 24.3-yard average. He also recorded eight special-teams tackles.

Running back Matt Breida finally was off the injury report heading toward Monday night’s game against the New York Giants. He has carried the ball 96 times for 351 yards, giving him a 5.5-yard average per carry.

Alfred Morris likely will see more carries in Mostert’s absence. He has registered 84 carries for 294 yards, an average of 3.5 yards per carry.