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Running back Jarryd Hayne went unclaimed on waivers and will return to the team's practice squad

Running back Jarryd Hayne is ticketed back to the 49ers practice squad.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - After the 49ers waived running back and punt returner Jarryd Hayne on Saturday, he has cleared waivers, as reported by CSN Bay Area and the Sacramento Bee.

Hayne Tweeted Monday he signed with the team's practice squad.

San Francisco Sunday lost running backs Reggie Bush to an apparent knee injury and rookie and Mike Davis to a hand injury. Starting running back Carlos Hyde didn't play while he continues to deal with a stress fracture in his left foot.

Both Bush and Davis players got hurt in Sunday's 27-6 loss in St. Louis, leaving Kendall Gaskins as the only healthy half back. Gaskins was promoted from the practice squad Saturday taking Hayne's place on the roster, presumably because he was more equipt in pass protection than Hayne, who was playing the first football of his life this season after coming over from Australia, where he played Rugby League.

The 49ers struggled running the ball Sunday against the Rams defense, with Gaskins and Davis combining for 10 yards on 15 carries. Bush was hurt on a punt return in the first quarter before he was able to get his first rushing attempt. The 49ers are reportedly fearing he tore an ACL.

Head coach Jim Tomsula Monday said the team is still awaiting MRI results on both Davis and Bush. Hyde's status for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons also remains unclear.


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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