The 49ers were “cautiously optimistic” that Hyde’s knee injury was not a severe issue prior to his MRI on Sunday. Although a torn MCL will end his season indefinitely, some relief could be taken that this isn’t an ACL tear, which is a more difficult injury to recover from.
San Francisco could sign a running back to their active roster for the final week now that Hyde is out for the remainder of the season.
Hyde, 25, is a former second-round pick by the 49ers in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is in the third year of a four-year, $3.681 million rookie contract that included a $997,584 signing bonus. He is set to make a base salary of $654,698 this season to go along with another $822,047 in 2017.
In 2016, Hyde appeared in 13 games for the 49ers, recording 988 rushing yards on 288 attempts for six touchdowns, and three lost fumbles. He also gathered 27 receptions for 163 yards receiving and three touchdowns. ProFootballFocus rates Hyde as the No. 21 overall running back out of 54 qualifying players.