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The 49ers signed running back Shaun Draughn amid slew of running back injuries

The 49ers could be without their top three running backs going forward, so they made an addition to the roster Monday.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - With Carlos Hyde (foot), Reggie Bush (knee) and rookie Mike Davis (hand) all dealing with injuries, the 49ers needed another body to pair with former practice squad member Kendall Gaskins at running back.

Monday, they signed former Browns running back Shaun Draughn, whom Cleveland waived Oct. 20. The 49ers will be Draughn's sixth team since coming into the league with Washington as an undrafted free agent out of the University of North Carolina in 2011.

Draughn, 27, also spent time with Kansas City, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Chicago and San Diego before landing on the Browns in 2014. In five games this season, Draughn (5-11, 205), had two carries for 10 yards. For his career, he has 264 yards on 75 carries, good for an average of 3.5 yards.

Hyde missed Sunday's loss in St. Louis while he continues to deal with a stress fracture in his left foot. Bush left the game with a knee injury the 49ers are reportedly fearing as an ACL tear at the end of a first-quarter punt return.

And according to the Sacramento Bee, Davis is set to undergo surgery on his injured hand Tuesday. His prognosis is unknown, leaving Gaskins as the team's only healthy halfback before signing Draughn.

49ers head coach Jim Tomsula didn't have an update on the slew of injuries to his running backs during his regular briefing with the media Monday.

"All of that is happening, or has happened. We haven’t gotten to the doctors," Tomsula said.

Saturday, San Francisco promoted Gaskins to the active roster and waived Jarryd Hayne. Monday, Hayne passed through waivers, but was not brought back to the 49ers' active roster. They went with Draughn instead. It appears likely the team will try to get Hayne back to the practice squad.

The 49ers had an open roster spot used to sign Draughn after trading tight end Vernon Davis earlier in the day to the Denver Broncos.


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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