Carlos Hyde had surgery to repair his broken left foot before the season ended, general manager Trent Baalke revealed Wednesday, and the 49ers’ lead running back is expected to recover before the offseason program begins in April.
“Should be good to go,” Baalke said. “Once again, we’ll defer to the medical staff, (but) his health looks good right now, he’s progressing well, he’s rehabbing hard, and it’s something that if everything goes well, it should clear up in time for the offseason program.”
Like the 49ers, Hyde got off to a fast start in 2015 with a 168-yard, two-touchdown game against Minnesota in Week 1. But that was San Francisco’s only 100-yard rushing effort of the season.
Hyde suffered the stress fracture in the side of the foot four weeks later. He tried to play through the pain but eventually was placed on injured reserve.
Baalke said he thought Hyde would be an excellent fit in new coach Chip Kelly’s offense. In 2013, Kelly’s first season in Philadelphia, the Eagles had the top rushing attack in the league.
“If you look at what he did in the system he came out of at Ohio State – ran a lot of the same plays that coach (Kelly) runs and has run both at Philadelphia and at Oregon,” Baalke said.
New receiver – Baalke didn’t waste time getting Kelly a new toy.
The 49ers on Wednesday signed 6-foot-3, 210-pound wide receiver Eric Rogers, who led the Canadian Football League in receiving yards last season with 1,448.
Rogers was on a 16-team tour when he signed with the 49ers, who may be moving on from their leading receiver the last three years, Anquan Boldin, who will become a free agent in March.
Kelly’s top receiver last year in Philadelphia was Jordan Matthews, similar in size to Rogers.
Et cetera – Kelly said he met Monday with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who is back in Colorado rehabilitating his recent shoulder, thumb and knee surgeries.
▪ The only assistant officially on Kelly’s staff is running backs coach Tom Rathman. An ESPN report Thursday said Kelly has offered the defensive coordinator position to Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel and is awaiting Vrabel’s decision.
▪ Kelly said he’s chatted with a handful of 49ers who have been at the facility, including Kaepernick, Hyde, Blaine Gabbert, Joe Staley and NaVorro Bowman. Coaches aren’t allowed to talk to players about scheme or other football-related matters until the start of the offseason program April 4.