Carlos Hyde missed his second consecutive 49ers practice Wednesday, and coach Chip Kelly said it would be a “stretch” if the running back plays Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.
The 49ers have a bye after the Tampa Bay game, meaning Hyde’s injured right shoulder would have 21 days to heal if he sits out Sunday’s game. Hyde ended the past two seasons on injured reserve, but he said his current situation wasn’t as serious and he plans to be back Nov. 6 when the 49ers host the New Orleans Saints.
“It’s definitely not long term, which is good,” he said.
Hyde said he injured the shoulder during the third quarter Sunday against the Buffalo Bills when he was slammed onto the artificial turf at New Era Field.
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“The guy drove me into the ground, and (I) landed on it pretty hard with all that weight,” he said.
Kelly said the team will continue to monitor Hyde’s condition this week.
“It’s a day-to-day thing,” Kelly said. “But he’s not going to go (Wednesday) and I would imagine if he’s not going to (practice) in the next couple of days, he’s not going to play on Sunday.”
Mike Davis got most of the carries after Hyde’s injury Sunday. But Kelly said the the 49ers would rotate Davis, Shaun Draughn and possibly another back if Hyde can’t play. Veteran DuJuan Harris and rookie Kelvin Taylor are on the practice squad.
Draughn, Davis and Harris alternated as Hyde’s backup last year, when Hyde missed nine games because of a stress fracture in his foot. None had a 100-yard outing; Harris came the closest with a 73-yard effort against the Detroit Lions in Week 16.
Hyde eventually went on injured reserve last season. In 2014, he landed on injured reserve for the final two games because of an ankle injury.
Winston’s ‘what if?’ – Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said Stanford was a close second to Florida State when he was choosing colleges coming out of high school in 2012. On Wednesday, he suggested if he could do it over again, he’d make Stanford No. 1.
“You are who you place yourself around,” Winston said on a conference call with 49ers reporters. “And I would’ve loved the opportunity to go to Stanford and be with some of my friends out there.”
Winston’s missteps at Florida State were well-documented. He was accused of sexual assault in 2012, and he was cited for shoplifting crab legs at a supermarket in 2014.
Would he have avoided those incidents if he had attended Stanford?
“I look back all the time and see how if I’d gone to Stanford which way my life could’ve turned,” he said. “But, you know, you make decisions and you go with them and you own them.”
Sunday’s game will be Winston’s first in the Bay Area since his recruiting trip to Stanford.
Injuries – Hyde and cornerback Rashard Robinson (concussion) were the only 49ers who didn’t practice Wednesday. Guard Joshua Garnett (foot) and safety Jaquiski Tartt (quadriceps) were limited.
Cornerback Jimmie Ward, who has missed the last three games because of a quadriceps strain, practiced in full and said he would play Sunday.