Niners may have to play Bucs without best offensive player

The San Francisco 49ers have struggled incredibly on both sides of the ball en route to a 1-5 record to start the 2016 season.

With a winnable game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-3) up next, it would be a shame if something developed to limit the Niners’ chances of securing a second win at Levi’s Stadium.

On Wednesday, it appears that event happened as running back Carlos Hyde will be unlikely to suit up.

“We’ll monitor him during the week,” Chip Kelly said. “I think he would be a stretch to play this week.”

Hyde was a non-participant in practice and is “day-to-day” with a shoulder injury, according to the team.

The third-year back is averaging just shy of 4 yards per carry and just over 71 per game with six touchdowns. All told, he’s been one of the only positives on the offense, overcoming the challenges of rushing behind the 31st-best offensive line for run blocking, according to Football Outsiders’ rankings.

In his stead, expect a mix of Mike Davis and Shaun Draughn.

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