SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers on Tuesday announced the signing of former Saints and Patriots running back Travaris Cadet amid the slew of injuries at the position. To make room on the roster, they released Pierre Thomas, who had four carries for 12 yards in his only game with San Francisco in the win Sunday over Atlanta.
Cadet (6-1, 210) was released by the Patriots Sept. 29 after appearing in one game. He came into the league as an undrafted free agent with the Saints in 2012, where he played in 41 games before signing with New England in March.
Cadet is a strong kick returner, averaging 25.9 yards for his career. The 49ers are averaging 22.7 yards this season.
Head coach Jim Tomsula on Monday said starting running back Carlos Hyde remains day to day with a stress fracture in his left foot after missing the last the last two games. Hyde is one of the four running backs who started the year on the roster who are either not healthy, or no longer active.
Sunday, the 49ers started journeyman Shaun Draughn, who led the team both in rushing, with 58 yards, and receptions, with five. Overall, San Francisco ran for 133 yards on the day, their second highest total of the year.
Prior to the Falcons game, the 49ers placed Reggie Bush on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending injury against the Rams Nov. 1. In the same game, rookie Mike Davis sustained a fractured hand, which required surgery, and was placed on injured reserve with the return designation. Jarryd Hayne was released last month, allowing the team to promote Kendall Gaskins from the practice squad. Hayne cleared waivers and took Gaskins' place on the practice squad.
Gaskins helped San Francisco seal its win Sunday by running for 11 yards on two runs for a first down, allowing the clock to run out on the Falcons. In two games, Gaskins has 26 yards on 12 carries.