Running back Carlos Hyde underwent a surgical procedure late in the season to repair a stress fracture in his left foot and should be ready to participate in the 49ers' offseason program, general manager Trent Baalke said Wednesday.
Hyde played in two games with the injury before he was sidelined for the remainder of the season. Hyde held off on surgery to see if the injury would heal on its own. He was declared inactive for five consecutive games before being placed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 12.
“He should be all good to go," Baalke said. "We are going to defer to the medical staff on that, but his health looks good right now. He’s progressing well. He’s rehabbing hard and it’s something that if everything goes well, should clear up in time for the offseason program.”
Hyde started seven games and led the 49ers in rushing with 470 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 4.1 yards per attempt.
The offseason program begins April 4. Hyde appears to be a good fit for new coach Chip Kelly’s spread system. He gained 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns during his four-year college career under Urban Meyer at Ohio State.
"If you look at the system he came out of in Ohio State, he ran a lot of the same plays that coach runs and has run both at Philadelphia and Oregon," Baalke said.
LeSean McCoy rushed for more than 2,900 yards in two seasons in Kelly’s system before a trade sent him to the Buffalo Bills before last season.
"He likes to run the football," Baalke said of Kelly. "He likes to use play-action off of that and he certainly has shown the ability to pass the football as well.”