CLEVELAND -– Running back Carlos Hyde played his final game of the season on Oct. 22, but his year officially came to an end on Saturday.
The 49ers placed Hyde on season-ending injured reserve with a stress fracture in his foot. The move was made to create a roster spot for tight end Brian Leonhardt, whom the 49ers promoted from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns,
Despite sitting out the past five games, Hyde remains the 49ers’ leading rusher on the season with 470 yards and three touchdowns. He sustained the fracture in the 49ers’ Oct. 11 game against the New York Giants and played in the next two games, rushing for a total of 95 yards on 32 attempts.
It is not known if Hyde has opted for surgery.
Former Browns running back Shaun Draughn is scheduled to make his fifth consecutive start. Draughn has rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 56 rushing attempts. He has also added 22 receptions for 163 yards.
Leonhardt was brought up to the 53-man roster as the team’s second tight end for Sunday’s game. Garrett Celek was placed on injured reserve last week with a high-ankle sprain, and Vance McDonald was ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a concussion.
Leonhardt was originally signed to the 49ers’ practice squad on Nov. 16. He appeared in 12 games with three starts for the Raiders last season. He caught six passes for 35 yards and a touchdown last season.
Leonhardt is a product of Bemidji State (Minnesota), also the alma mater of 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. He will wear No. 46.