SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers Tuesday placed four players on the Active/Non-football injury list, and one more on the Active/Physically Unable to perform list.
Running back Carlos Hyde, linebacker Aaron Lynch, offensive lineman Trent Brown, and receiver DeAndre Smelter were placed on the NFI list after undergoing their physicals this week. The first training camp practice is schedule for Saturday, Aug. 1 inside Levi's Stadium.
Those designations indicate their injuries were sustained away from the team's offseason program. They can be activated and allowed to practice at any time. Only Smelter's injury, a torn ACL sustained while at Georgia Tech, is believed to keep him out of game action.
Last season's starting center Daniel Kilgore was placed on the PUP list after suffering a fracture in his lower leg during a loss in October to the Denver Broncos. No timetable has been given on his eventual return. Fourth-year player Joe Looney took the majority of Kilgore's first-team reps at center during the offseason program. Marcus Martin, a rookie taken in the third round in 2014, replaced Kilgore following his injury last season.
Hyde missed time during the team's mandatory minicamp last month because of the injury, which could keep him out of the start of training camp. Hyde is the favorite to replace the franchise's all-time leading rusher Frank Gore, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. Hyde ran for 333 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie in 2014.
"It’s a muscle pull," head coach Jim Tomsula during minicamp. "You talk to our medical people, different time of the year, Carlos would be pushing through. But why? That’s my whole point on everything. Why do that now and take any kind of chances on things? Let’s just get it healed and get going."
Lynch reportedly suffered a hamstring injury that kept him out of voluntary OTAs. It's the second time in his two seasons Lynch will miss the start of training camp. Brown, a rookie drafted in the seventh round, dealt with weight issues that caused his draft stock to slip. When he returns, Brown will be in the mix with Erik Pears, Alex Boone and others to replace Anthony Davis at right tackle after his sudden retirement this offseason.
There are two notable omissions from these injury lists: defensive back Jimmie Ward and defensive end Darnell Dockett.
Both players missed the entire offseason program with their injuries, but are slated to participate in the start of training camp. Ward sustained his second Jones fracture in his foot in two seasons midway through last year, while Dockett tore an ACL during last year's preseason with the Arizona Cardinals.