SANTA CLARA –- Running back Carlos Hyde and linebacker Michael Wilhoite will remain in the Bay Area to receive treatment on injuries that will keep them out of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, coach Jim Tomsula said on Friday.
Hyde will miss his sixth consecutive game with a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Wilhoite will miss his first start in two seasons with a high ankle sprain.
Shaun Draughn will start his fifth game in a row in Hyde’s absence. Gerald Hodges is scheduled to start in place of Wilhoite.
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who missed practice Thursday due to soreness in his back and toe, is expected to be fine for Sunday’s game. Tomsula said Smith reported soreness before Thursday's practice and he was held out as a precaution.
Tight end Vance McDonald and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch are both day-to-day after sustaining concussion on Sunday against the Chicago Bears, Tomsula said.
The 49ers could activate tight end Brian Leonhardt from the practice squad on Saturday if the team is unsure abut McDonald’s status. Leonardt appeared in 12 games for the Raiders last season. He caught six passes for 35 yards.
In addition, Tomsula said defensive linemen Tony Jerod-Eddie and Quinton Dial have seen some work at tight end and could be used in an emergency. Center Daniel Kilgore played six snaps last week when Blake Bell was the only healthy tight end on the roster. Fullback Bruce Miller also saw extended snaps at tight end.