Running back Carlos Hyde told CBS’ sideline reporter before Thursday’s game that he has been playing with a stress fracture in his left foot during the last two contests, an injury that caused him to go to the ground in pain and sit out several plays in Sunday’s win over the Ravens.
Asked after the game to confirm he was playing with a stress fracture, Hyde said it’s “something like that.”
“I just take it day-to-day,” he said. “Try to stay off of it as much as possible, let it rest. And try to prepare each week for that game by staying off of it.”
He said with rest the foot will heal on its own.
Earlier this week, coach Jim Tomsula described the injury as a bruise. Asked again Thursday, a curt Tomsula said, “He has a foot issue, and I don’t get into the specifics of injuries.”
Hyde carried 11 times for 40 yards against Seattle. Reggie Bush was the only other 49er with a carry. He ran four times for 21 yards.
“Yeah, they’ve got some good guys on that D-line,” Hyde said of the Seahawks. “I can’t take anything away from those guys. We’ve just got to compete.”
Entering Thursday, Hyde’s 104 rushing attempts were tied for third t in the NFL. His carries, however, may be more brutal than the average tailback’s. Defenses are geared to stop the 49ers’ rushing attack, and Hyde welcomes the contact. According to Pro Football Focus, his 295 yards after contact with a defender before Thursday trailed only the Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell by two yards.
Hyde was checked for a concussion in Week 2, caused a concussion in Week 5 and is dealing with the foot issue that caused him to go down in a heap Sunday against the Ravens and sit out several snaps. Hyde fell on his first carry of the second half against Baltimore and afterward said he collapsed because the pain was more than he expected when he planted on the foot.
He returned to the game but gave way to rookie Mike Davis by the end.
The 49ers worked out longtime Saints running back Pierre Thomas during the week but did not sign him. Last week, offensive coordinator Geep Chryst said Hyde could practice sparingly during the week but be ready on game day.
Hayne watches – The so-called “Hayne Plane” was grounded for the first time this season.
Aussie Jarryd Hayne was the 49ers’ primary punt returner in the first six games but was inactive against the Seahawks.
“Yeah, he was fine,” Tomsula said when asked if Hayne, a one-time star in Australia’s National Rugby League, was upset. “He didn’t like it, but he was fine.”
Entering Thursday’s game, Hayne ranked 15th in punt returns with a 9.5-yard average. Bush handled that duty against the Seahawks.
Hayne muffed or fumbled punts in each of the team’s three previous home games, losing the one he mishandled in Week 1. His status, however, likely was related to Hyde’s injury and the short week.
The 49ers likely wanted Davis, who at this point is a more polished runner than Hayne, in uniform to back up Hyde.
Questionable punting – Trailing by 17 points in the fourth quarter, the 49ers twice opted to punt with short distances to go to pick up first downs. One occurred on fourth and four from their 16-yard line, the next on fourth and three from their 27-yard line.
“I was trying to get the field position changed,” Tomsula said.
Simpson sits – For wide receiver Jerome Simpson to have played Thursday, the 49ers had to have placed him on the active roster on Wednesday.
Simpson was suspended for the first six games of the season in relation to a 2014 arrest when he was with the Vikings. That suspension ended Monday, at which point the 49ers received a one-week roster exemption.
That means Simpson likely will be activated on Monday. When that happens, the 49ers must remove someone from the 53-man roster.
Et cetera – Jordan Devey made his seventh start of the season, at right guard, but Andrew Tiller was in on the third offensive series. The two alternated from that point.
Ahmad Brooks’ sack of Russell Wilson in the second quarter broke a two-game sack-less streak by the 49ers. The 49ers, who had nine sacks entering the game, sacked Wilson five times. Brooks and fellow outside linebacker Aaron Lynch had two each.
Safety Antoine Bethea, voted the team’s MVP last season, left in the first half with a shoulder injury and did not return. He was replaced by second-round draft pick Jaquiski Tartt, who left the game in the fourth quarter after getting hit in the shin. Tartt said the leg was numb at first but that he’s fine.
▪ Colin Kaepernick had the thumb of his throwing hand wrapped after the game. He said there were no breaks in the digit. “Just some swelling,” he said.