Before the 49ers practiced on Wednesday, coach Jim Tomsula told reporters that running back Carlos Hyde would take part after missing the team’s last two games with a stress fracture in his left foot.
While you’d imagine the coach has a direct line to the team’s medical staff, Tomsula’s information proved to be incorrect. Hyde didn’t practice on Wednesday and he remained out of practice on Thursday, which makes it hard to imagine that he’ll be in the lineup against the Seahawks even if the coach were to say that Hyde will be taking handoffs from Blaine Gabbert.
Hyde’s absence leaves the 49ers with Shaun Draughn, Kendall Gaskins and Travaris Cadet in the backfield for this weekend. It’s not a particularly imposing or accomplished group, although Draughn had 96 yards of offense against the Falcons in the 49ers’ 17-16 victory in Week Nine.
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who has also missed the last two games, has been a limited participant in practice this week.