SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The San Francisco 49ers aren't pressed to get running back Carlos Hyde practice reps this week leading up to Sunday's game against the Ravens while he deals with an apparent foot injury.
Hyde missed practice Wednesday and walked off the field at the start of teams drills Thursday to work with the strength and conditioning staff. His status for Sunday's game is still undecided. If he can't play, the 49ers' healthy options at running back would be rookie Mike Davis and return man Jarryd Hayne.
Hyde was walking around the 49ers locker room Thursday without a noticeable limp or any protective garb.
Reggie Bush has not returned to practice after aggravating his calf injury Sunday, which he initially sustained after two carries in the season opening win over the Minnesota Vikings.Hyde enters Week 6 as the league's seventh leading rusher with 375 yards.
But he may have to ease back on his physical running style in order to stay fresh over the entire 16-game slate.
On the 49ers' first possession of Sunday's loss, a hard collision with linebacker Jon Beason led to Beason leaving the game with a concussion.
"You can see how physical he is," offensive coordinator Geep Chryst said of Hyde. "So as the course of the season goes on, you want to make sure that they're as fresh as possible on game day."
Chryst referenced Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, whom he coached before coming to the 49ers in 2011. Stewart, also a physical runner, would regularly miss practice during the week in order to be ready for Sundays.
"I would expect the same out of Carlos," Chryst said. "That's what Carlos wants to do."
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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