Practice-squad running back Jarryd Hayne traveled with the 49ers to Detroit on Saturday, a source said, likely providing an indication the team plans to promote him to the active roster for Sunday’s game against the Lions.
The 49ers have until 1 p.m. (PT) on Saturday to make a roster move to make a player eligible to participate in Sunday’s game. Players on the practice squad typically do not travel with the 49ers unless there's a chance that player will be needed to play in the game.
Running back Shaun Draughn, who started the past six games, was ruled out with a knee injury. Kendall Gaskins and DuJuan Harris are the only other running backs on the 49ers’ 53-man roster.
Gaskins has seen action in seven games with 26 yards rushing on 14 carries. The 49ers signed Harris off the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad this week. Harris has seen action in 26 NFL games in four seasons with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle.
Hayne saw action in the 49ers’ first six games of the season on punt returns with a limited role as a reserve running back before getting deactivated for the team’s Oct. 22 game against Seattle. The 49ers waived Hayne the following week and when he went unclaimed, the 49ers signed him to the practice squad.
Hayne has 25 yards rushing on eight carries this season. He averaged 9.5 yards on eight punt returns. Hayne made the 49ers’ initial 53-man roster in his first try after leaving behind a successful career in Australia’s National Rugby League to attempt to play in the NFL.
The 49ers will control Hayne’s rights for next season if he is on their 53-man roster at the end of the season. If Hayne finished the season on the practice squad, he would be free to sign with any team for next season.