San Francisco 49ers

Running back Kendall Gaskins re-joins 49ers’ backfield

San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Gaskins, right, runs past Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015.
San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Gaskins, right, runs past Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015. Associated Press file

The 49ers, who have had an open roster spot since running back Jarryd Hayne retired last month, signed another runner, Kendall Gaskins, on Monday.

Gaskins and Hayne both spent time on the 49ers’ active roster and practice squad last season. Gaskins, 25, was activated on Oct. 31, appeared in nine games and finished with 16 carries for 38 yards. The 49ers waived him in May and he did not take part in any of the recent OTA or minicamp sessions.

He’ll re-join a group of largely undistinguished running backs in training camp. After starter Carlos Hyde, the team’s tailbacks are Shaun Draughn, DuJuan Harris, Mike Davis, rookie Kelvin Taylor and Gaskins.

Hayne left the team last month to pursue a spot on Fiji’s Olympic rugby team. He’ll find out if he has made the squad next month.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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