Jarryd Hayne passed through waivers and onto the 49ers practice squad Monday as the team began rebuilding its crumbling running back corps.
The 49ers agreed on a deal with one veteran runner, Shaun Draughn, who worked out for them Monday, and they planned to work out at least one more veteran, Ben Tate. Draughn, 27, has been on six other NFL rosters since entering the league in 2011. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder was on the Browns earlier this year but was released last month.
Tate arrived in the Bay Area on Monday night and will work out Tuesday, his agent said. Tate, 27, has played for four teams, most recently the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tate, 5-11 and 220 pounds, had his best season in 2013 when he started seven games for the Texans. He rushed for 771 yards, averaged 4.3 yards and scored four touchdowns. He recently has been working out in the Houston area.
The 49ers worked out former Saints running back Pierre Thomas, 30, last month, and he presumably is in the mix as well.
Hayne was waived Saturday, and Kendall Gaskins was promoted from the practice squad because, according to coach Jim Tomsula, the 49ers wanted a “heavier” tailback in the lineup. During the game, the 49ers lost Reggie Bush and Mike Davis to injuries, perhaps for the year. Starter Carlos Hyde did not play because of a stress fracture, and he may not play again until after the 49ers’ Nov. 15 bye.
Davis broke his hand and will have surgery Tuesday. It’s uncertain how long he will be out. Bush will have surgery on his MCL and is lost for the year, ESPN reported.
Hayne was inactive for the 49ers’ game against Seattle on Oct. 22. No other team made claimed the former Australian National Rugby League star, and the 49ers signed him to their practice squad Monday afternoon.
Bush started Sunday’s game but slid on a concrete surface after running out of bounds and injured his left knee.
Bush, who had missed nearly six games with a calf injury earlier this year, was hurt while returning a punt. Asked why he had his 31-year-old starting running back returning punts, Tomsula said: “We were trying to win the game. And Reggie came here as a running back and a punt returner, and that’s what we were doing.”