Before 49ers running back Carlos Hyde left the game Sunday to be evaluated for a head injury, he had a scary incident that briefly forced him out of the game in the first quarter.
Hyde picked up nine yards along the left side. Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake had ahold of Hyde around his left ankle when safety Mike Mitchell flew into the picture and led with his right shoulder to Hyde’s right knee area.
"He's such a bull, man, the way he runs,” former 49ers running back and current CSN Bay Area 49ers analyst Ricky Watters said Monday on 49ers Press Conference Live. “If I was that guy (Mitchell), I might go low, too. I don't think I'd want to hit him up high. I'm sure he didn't mean to go after him the way it looked ... That could have been really bad."
Watters said he did not think it was Mitchell’s intent to take out Hyde’s knee in the manner it appeared. But Watters said if he were in Hyde’s position, “I wouldn't be happy about it."
Coach Jim Tomsula said he believes Hyde will be ready to face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
“Carlos Hyde has got a leg contusion,” Tomsula said Monday. “He got a helmet there right behind the pad on his thigh, but I think that’s going to be fine.”
In the third quarter, Hyde complained of dizziness after being tackled by linebacker Lawrence Timmons at the end of a nine-yard pass play. Hyde was evaluated for a possible concussion. He returned to the sideline a short time later but did not re-enter the game.
“He was cleared,” Tomsula said, “but I just didn’t want to put him back in.”