Running back Carlos Hyde, who ranks third in the NFL in rushing yards, will be a game-time decision Sunday in Arizona, Kyle Shanahan said Friday.
Hyde injured an oblique muscle last Thursday against the Rams and missed most of the first quarter before returning in the second and playing the rest of the game. He has practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, which usually suggests a player will take part in the upcoming game.
“He was out there a little more today,” Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “Definitely still hurting. He’s going to be a game-time decision.”
Hyde is listed as questionable on the 49ers’ injury report, as are linebacker Brock Coyle (concussion), fullback Kyle Juszczyk (concussion), safety Jaquiski Tartt (concussion) and defensive end Pita Taumoepenu (ankle). Coyle, Juszczyk and Tartt had been cleared for contact for Friday’s practice, which means that barring a setback they will play Sunday.
“When it comes to concussions, my experience with it is I don’t ever try to totally predict,” Shanahan said. “Things can change and you don’t fully know what to expect.”
Taumoepenu did not practice on Thursday but was limited on Friday. He’s been inactive for the first three games this season. Safety Eric Reid (knee) and linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle) won’t play against the Cardinals, but both are expected to make the trip.
For the Cardinals, ex-49ers Mike Iupati (triceps) and Alex Boone (pectoral) will not play in the game.
Williams’ 2020 vision – The 49ers signed K’Waun Williams, who arguably has been the team’s best cornerback through three games, to a three-year contract extension.
That means Williams, who inked a one-year deal in February and who was the first free agent to sign with the new regime, is under contract through the 2020 season.
“Since joining us this offseason, K’Waun has displayed every trait and characteristic we want to see from our players,” general manager John Lynch said in a statement. “He is a tremendous competitor on the field and a true professional in our building. K’Waun has continued to get better and better every day and we wanted to ensure he would be a part of what we are building moving forward.”
Williams, 26, entered the league in 2014 as an undrafted rookie with the Cleveland Browns. He worked there under defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley, who has the same job with the 49ers. Shanahan was the Browns offensive coordinator at the time.
“The guy works every single day,” Shanahan said of Williams. “That’s what I see with my own eyes, and anyone who’s like that and who also is talented – those are guys we want in this building.”
Williams has 14 tackles and two passes defensed in the 49ers’ first three games this season. His tackle total ranks sixth on the 49ers.
A number of prominent 49ers are scheduled to be free agents in March. That includes running back Carlos Hyde, safety Eric Reid, center Daniel Kilgore, defensive end Tank Carradine, cornerback Dontae Johnson, guard Brandon Fusco and defensive end Aaron Lynch.
Williams had been scheduled to be a restricted free agent.
One fine day – The NFL fined free safety Jimmie Ward $24,309 for an unnecessary-roughness hit against the Rams last week. Linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong was docked $18,231 for a horse-collar tackle in the same game.