49ers Place Carlos Hyde on IR

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A difficult season continues for the San Francisco 49ers, who were forced to put starting running back Carlos Hyde on Injured Reserve, ending his season after just seven games played.

Hyde was a second-round pick for the Niners in 2014, and spent his rookie season backing up veteran Frank Gore, receiving 83 carries to Gore’s 255. When Gore left for the Indianapolis Colts in free agency, that job was Hyde’s to seize, and that he did, averaging 67.1 yards per game, good for 13th in the league this season.

Other 49ers running backs Reggie Bush and rookie Mike Davis are already on San Francisco’s injured reserve. It appears that the rushing duties will now be split between Shaun Draughn (131 career carries) and Kendall Gaskins (12 career carries). San Francisco had veteran Pierre Thomas and former rugby star Jarryd Hayne on their team for portions of the season, but decided to cut both players after limited appearances.

After starting the season 2-6 under quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the Niners have gone 2-2 since turning to presumed draft bust Blaine Gabbert. San Francisco visits the league-worst (2-10) Cleveland Browns this Sunday — the same team who cut Draughn earlier this season.

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