Running backs Reggie Bush and Carlos Hyde and wide receiver Anquan Boldin practiced on a limited basis during a light 49ers session Tuesday, raising expectations all three could be available for Thursday night’s game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Bush has missed all but a handful of snaps because of a calf injury, but earlier in the week, coach Jim Tomsula said he was “very optimistic” the veteran runner could be ready in short order. Bush was listed as a full participant in Tuesday’s abbreviated practice.
Bush’s presence would be good news for Hyde, who has handled the lion’s share of the snaps at tailback despite a recent foot injury. Hyde warmed up on a stationary bike Tuesday before joining his teammates and was listed as limited. He had to sit out several snaps Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens after aggravating the injury but returned to the game.
Boldin, meanwhile, was slow to get up following a 51-yard reception in the fourth quarter Sunday. Tomsula said a defender landed on the receiver’s leg. Boldin, however, said he landed on the ball, knocking the wind out of him.
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Boldin sat out the next few snaps and was back on the field when the 49ers attempted a two-point conversion on the same drive. Colin Kaepernick’s pass was intercepted, and Boldin pulled up sharply after trying to chase the defender who had the ball. Boldin sat out the rest of the game.
During Tuesday’s practice, Boldin didn’t seem inhibited, although he wasn’t running at full speed during the early portion that is open to reporters. Offensive coordinator Geep Chryst said he thought Boldin would play Thursday.
“He’s bouncing around and knowing Anquan, as tough as he is, tough-minded as he is, I think he’s looking forward to the game on Thursday just like any game even though it’s a short week,” Chryst said.
Carroll on Hayne – Jarryd Hayne had three main suitors when he made the jump from Australia’s rugby league to the NFL: the 49ers, Seahawks and Detroit Lions.
“I thought it was an exciting prospect to get him in here,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday. “... It’s really cool to see that he’s played and he’s contributing and he’s a factor in the games. He’s done some really good stuff.”
Though Hayne officially is listed as a running back, the 49ers have used him primarily as a punt returner. He has eight carries for 25 yards as a tailback and had no offensive touches on Sunday.
Did the Seahawks envision Hayne in a similar role?
“We thought he really could be a highlighted player,” Carroll said. “We had a lot of thoughts about how we were going to use him.”
Other injuries – Receiver Bruce Ellington (calf) practiced in full after missing Sunday’s game. So did tight end Vernon Davis (knee), whose snaps were limited against the Ravens.
Starting offensive linemen Alex Boone (shoulder), Erik Pears (back) and Joe Staley (knee) practiced on a limited basis.