SANTA CLARA -- Jarryd Hayne, who is hoping to land with the 49ers after starring in Australia’s National Rugby League, is recuperating following minor surgery to his left foot.
According to a recent report in The Mercury News, Hayne went through the 49ers' recent minicamp with a cyst on the arch of his foot. He returned to Australia over the weekend and the cyst was removed this week.
On Instagram, Hayne indicated that his foot will be bandaged for 12 days. He ended his post with the hash tag: Can'tWaitToRunPainFree.
Hayne has been working with the running backs, though his best chance of landing with the 49ers probably is via special teams. He showed nice agility for someone who weighs 220 pounds and was adept at catching the ball -- both as a running back coming out of the backfield and as a punt returner.
With Bruce Ellington sidelined for most of the spring sessions with a hamstring strain, Reggie Bush and Hayne were the primary punt returners. Bush, 30, has said he'd like to handle that role this year.
Hayne, however, has drawn warnings from coaches for his upright running style. Players did not wear pads in the spring and there was no hitting or tackling. The fear is that unless Hayne is able to lower his pad level, he will expose himself to jarring hits -- as well as injuries and turnovers -- when the pads are put on in August.
The team's coaches presumably are curious to see how Hayne hits and tackles as well. His ability to get down field could make him an asset on special teams coverage units.