SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers’ two most prominent skill players, running back Carlos Hyde and receiver Torrey Smith, are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
Hyde is dealing with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of the team’s last two games. Smith has a sore back, which slowed him against the Saints. He played 45 of 60 snaps and was on the bench by game’s end.
Both were limited in Wednesday-Friday’s practices though both said they felt better as the week went on.
After hitting the blocking sled Thursday, Hyde was optimistic he could play in Arizona. "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."
If he can’t play, DuJuan Harris would make his second straight start at running back. Smith, meanwhile, has never missed a game since entering the league in 2011. Aaron Burbridge and Rod Streater would step in if his streak ends Sunday.
Cornerback Rashard Robinson (knee) practiced Thursday and Friday and also is questionable. He missed the team’s last game after suffering an MCL sprain Oct. 23 against Tampa Bay.
OUT: OLB Aaron Lynch (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), CB Rashard Robinson (knee), WR Torrey Smith (back)
OUT: S Tyrann Mathieu (shoulder), CB Tharold Simon (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: LB Alex Okafor (calf)