Carlos Hyde hasn’t played since Week 6.
The long bright spot of the San Francisco 49ers offense received some extra time for rest during the team’s bye week after sitting out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hyde has been a limited participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, playing in a blue jersey, which signifies he’s not to be hit during drills.
And head coach Chip Kelly offered little clarity about whether his starting running back will play this Sunday against a poor run-defense of the New Orleans Saints.
“I have no idea,” Kelly admitted. “He’ll go through today, which is a padded practice, but he’s still going to be in noncontact. It’s really how much movement, how much range of motion does he have and then the assessment of what the doctors and the trainers say after tomorrow, after Friday and Saturday’s training sessions.”
Since he won’t commit to a plan for Hyde, he’s also refusing to specify whether DuJuan Harris would be in line to be on the active roster.
“I would anticipate he’s going to be play,” Kelly said, before hedging. “But, I don’t know if he gets hurt in the next two days or so. So, hopefully if he’s healthy, we’re going to have DuJuan up. Yes.”
We know the Niners’ run defense is horrible, if Hyde continues to miss significant time, the rush attack might just follow suit.