Kyle Shanahan said rumors late last week that the 49ers were talking to other teams about trading running back Carlos Hyde were “absolutely, absolutely 100 percent false.”
And if that wasn’t enough: “Nothing true about that,” the 49ers coach added.
The reports emerged after the 49ers on Thursday tried to trade another prominent player, linebacker NaVorro Bowman, then on Friday announced they would release him. Both Hyde and Bowman were upset at being sent to the sideline for stretches of last week’s overtime loss to the Colts in Indianapolis.
Rookie running back Matt Breida took over in the second half of that contest and played more snaps than Hyde, 35-33. Hyde isn’t signed for next season and it’s at least conceivable that the 49ers would take a draft pick or two in exchange for the runner.
But whereas San Francisco had a promising prospect, Reuben Foster, behind Bowman, the team is thin at running back. Breida has shown promise but another rookie, fourth-round pick Joe Williams, won’t play this season due to injury.
Hyde gained only 28 rushing yards Sunday against Washington’s defense, but he received the lion’s share of the playing time at running back, getting 14 carries to four for Breida and one for reserve Raheem Mostert. Hyde also scored two short touchdowns and had five catches for 47 yards.
Hyde said he didn’t speak to Shanahan about the trade rumors but he did have a conversation with general manager John Lynch.
“He told me it wasn’t true,” Hyde said.
Seven kneel – Seven 49ers took a knee during the national anthem Sunday. The number would have been greater if not for a communication error that Eric Reid blamed on himself.
Early in the week, Reid said he and the team discussed standing for the anthem since the game was being played near the nation’s capital and the 49ers wanted to dispel to the perception that their stance was disrespectful to the military.
Reid, however, decided to continue their protest, which is meant to spotlight racial inequity in this country.
“After thinking about it some more, I decided that we’d just make sure we’d keep doing a good job of (conveying) the message, saying that we’re not disrespecting anybody,” he said.
Thirty 49ers knelt during the team’s Week 4 game at Arizona and 23 did so last week in Indianapolis, which irked Vice President Mike Pence.
While the rest of the team flies back to California, Reid will be among the NFL player representatives in New York on Tuesday as owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell and union chief DeMaurice Smith discuss how the league will respond to the anthem protests.
Reid said Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and former 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin and possibly others also will take part.
No Reuben – Shanahan said he decided Saturday that Foster would sit out his fifth consecutive game with a high-ankle sprain.
Foster returned to practice Wednesday, raising expectations that he at least would make an appearance Sunday. When the 49ers released NaVorro Bowman on Friday, those expectations grew even more.
Shanahan said that after watching Foster practice this week, he determined the rookie needed one more week of rest. Brock Coyle and Ray-Ray Armstrong started for the 49ers, with Elijah Lee and Mark Nzechoa also getting a handful of snaps.
Meanwhile, national reports said that Bowman, who is now a free agent, would visit the Raiders and possibly the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers host the Cowboys on Sunday.
Et cetera – Sacramento’s Arik Armstead (Pleassant Grove High School) suffered a left hand injury in the first half and didn’t play in the second. Another defensive end, Aaron Lynch, strained a calf muscle and did not return.
▪ Reid (knee) played a handful of snaps when the 49ers went with six defensive backs. Reid was injured in Week 2 against Seattle and missed the last three games.
▪ The 49ers played without their fullback, Kyle Juszczyk, who missed the game with a back injury. The 49ers used two-tight end formations throughout the day and tight end Garrett Celek lined up at times in the backfield.