SANTA CLARA -- If his right shoulder continues to progress the way it has so far this week, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde said "there's a good chance" he'll be on the field Sunday against Arizona.
Hyde hasn't played since Oct. 16 and he's been wearing a blue, no-contact jersey in practices that signal to other players he is to avoid contact. But on Thursday, he tested his shoulder on the blocking sled for the first time sine the injury occurred and sounded decidedly more optimistic about playing than he did at this point last week. He officially was listed as limited on the team’s injury report.
"I was fine," he said of his encounter with the sled. "That was the only kind of contact I've had so far. I was fine. No setbacks right now, so that's good."
In fact, Hyde he said he made sure he struck the sled hard as he could.
"As if I was running somebody over," he said. "I need to know, just in case I do play and I do need to use my shoulder to get some yards. I need to know how it's going to hold up. … And I was fine."
If Hyde plays, the team's No. 2 running back likely will be DuJuan Harris, who started last week and who had a combined 142 passing and rushing yards, a season-high for a 49ers running back.
"I think DuJuan, he complements me very well," Hyde said. "He's a guy that makes plays. That's a guy that if you get him in open space, he can make plays and keep the chains going."