Carlos Hyde spent the 49ers’ practice Tuesday with his right arm in a sling, the result of a shoulder injury he suffered Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.
Hyde was thrown down hard to the artificial surface in the third quarter. He immediately went to the sideline and was not available for a critical third-and-1 – then fourth-and-1 – situation.
Asked if Hyde would be available Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers, offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said, “We’ll see.”
Hyde’s 429 rushing yards rank 11th in the NFL, and his six rushing touchdowns are tied for second. His potential absence against the Buccaneers would leave the 49ers where they were when Hyde dealt with a stress fracture in his foot last year: without a proven entity at running back.
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Mike Davis served as Hyde’s main backup the past two games and failed to pick up a yard in that short-yardage situation against the Bills. He’s averaging 1.8 yards a carry this season; Hyde averages 3.9 yards per run.
Shaun Draughn (2.1 yards per carry) has been serving as the third-down back. DuJuan Harris and rookie Kelvin Taylor are on the practice squad.
Hyde finished 2014 on injured reserve because of an ankle injury and did not play after Oct. 22 last season and eventually went on injured reserve.
The 49ers have a bye after they host Tampa Bay.
Redmond returning – Rookie cornerback Will Redmond practiced Tuesday as the 49ers opened a 21-day window for him to return from injured reserve.
Redmond, a third-round pick from Mississippi State, suffered an ACL tear last season. All teams can bring back one player from injured reserve. Redmond, who likely would play nickel cornerback, is the team’s choice for that designation.
The first game in which Redmond could play is Nov. 6 against the New Orleans Saints.
Another rookie cornerback, Rashard Robinson, suffered a concussion Sunday and did not practice Tuesday. Jimmie Ward, however, was back at practice after straining a quadriceps in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Safety Jaquiski Tartt, who missed Sunday’s game because of a quadriceps injury, also was back at practice.
Smelter re-signed – The 49ers re-signed wide receiver DeAndre Smelter, who was slowed throughout the offseason and preseason because of a hamstring injury, to the practice squad. They cut receiver Dres Anderson to make room.
Smelter was a fourth-round pick in 2015 and one of several players general manager Trent Baalke has chosen who had an ACL injury at the time of the draft.