SANTA CLARA -- Running back Carlos Hyde will miss another day of practice on Thursday, and the 49ers could be nearing a resolution with the possibility they will look to create two roster spots in the next five days.
“The healing and the injury, that’s all part of the discussion,” 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said on Thursday.
“For legal reasons, for all kinds of reasons, I’m not going to talk about the specifics of a guy’s injury. We truly do leave that up to the doctors and the medical staff to monitor that and stay on top of that, along with Carlos. That’s where that starts and then we are informed. It’s clearly two different things when it comes to an injury. We’re not going to cross over the coaching lines and the medical field.”
Hyde has a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot from the 49ers’ Oct. 11 game against the New York Giants. Hyde played two more games but was largely ineffective while coping with the pain.
He has not played or practiced since Oct. 22, and he appears to be a likely candidate to undergo season-ending surgery and be placed on injured reserve. Hyde is the 49ers' leading rusher with 470 yards and three touchdowns in seven games. He rushed for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the 49ers' season-opening victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
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The 49ers have not needed the roster spot that would be created with Hyde going on injured reserve. But that could change in the coming days with center Daniel Kilgore expected to be activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Monday is the deadline for Kilgore and rookie receiver DeAndre Smelter to be placed on the 53-man roster or spend the remainder of the season on an injured list.