Running back Carlos Hyde, who missed the 49ers’ last game before the bye week because of a shoulder injury, practiced Tuesday in a blue, non-contact jersey.
Hyde injured his left shoulder when he was slammed to the artificial surface during the 49ers’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 16. He indicated a few days later he would miss the Oct. 23 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but planned to return for Sunday’s home game against the New Orleans Saints.
The 49ers will not issue a practice report until Wednesday, when Hyde likely will be listed as a limited participant.
Even if Hyde starts Sunday, his supporting cast might have a shake-up.
DuJuan Harris, who was elevated from the practice squad before the Buccaneers game, rushed 11 times for 39 yards, including an 18-yard run, and made two catches for 18 yards against Tampa Bay.
To this point, Mike Davis (2.3 yards per carry) has been Hyde’s primary backup while Shaun Draughn (2.6) has served as the third-down back. Harris, however, offers some explosiveness the other backups have yet to show this season. The 49ers signed Harris late last season, and he averaged 5.2 yards a carry on 27 rushes.
“I think DuJuan’s earned more opportunities based on how he played,” offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins said Tuesday. “We’ll continue this week and see how he works in practice and all that. But I think based off what he did the previous game, he deserves more opportunity.”
Safety signed – The 49ers signed former Saints and New England Patriots safety Vinnie Sunseri to the practice squad.
Sunseri, 6-foot and 210 pounds, was drafted by the Saints in the fifth round in 2014 out of Alabama, where he was teammates with 49ers defensive lineman Quinton Dial. He suffered a knee injury in the 2015 preseason and missed the regular season. The Patriots signed him last offseason, and he was on their practice squad until being released Oct. 24.
The 49ers host the Saints on Sunday and Patriots on Nov. 20. Sunseri, mostly known as a special-teams player, took Harris’ place on the practice squad roster and wore No. 40.
Et cetera – Linebacker Aaron Lynch (high ankle sprain) and cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) missed practice and probably won’t play Sunday. Eli Harold likely will replace Lynch, and Jimmie Ward probably will replace Robinson.
▪ Rookie cornerback Will Redmond is eligible to play Sunday after being taken off injured reserve last month. Defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil said the goal for Redmond this week is “to get a step closer to being back” from the ACL injury he suffered last year.
▪ Between road games Nov. 27 against the Miami Dolphins and Dec. 4 against the Chicago Bears, the 49ers will practice at UCF in Orlando. In previous years, the team practiced in Youngstown, Ohio, between back-to-back games on the East Coast.