The San Francisco 49ers' season so far has been one of disappointment, with four defeats and only one win to their name through five weeks of the year.
One of the few bright points in the campaign has been the play of second-year running back Carlos Hyde. It is no coincidence that the 49ers' two best games (a 20-3 win in week one, and a narrow 27-30 loss to the Giants last weekend) have involved a heavy dose of the 24-year-old.
So, as they prepare for a basement battle against the Baltimore Ravens in week six, news that Hyde has suffered an injury setback will only compound the Cali franchise's woes.
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After been forced to sit out the 49ers' Wednesday practice with a foot injury, it had looked like Hyde was trending in the right direction after returning to practice yesterday.
But, as reported by CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco, the RB was forced to leave the session early after aggravating the same foot injury.
The update now puts Hyde's status for the 49ers' game against Baltimore in major doubt.
Next man up?
The former Ohio star is the NFL's seventh best rusher heading into week six with 375 yards and three touchdowns to his name. And, if he can't go on Sunday, the 49ers have few options left to replace him.
With fellow running back Reggie Bush also missing out on practice with a calf injury, the NFC West franchise can ill-afford to be without their lead back.
Indeed, with Mike Davis and Jarryd Hayne the only healthy running backs on the roster right now, San Francisco could be forced to hand the majority of touches to the inexperienced Australian.
49ers fans: Can your team turn around their 2015 season, with or without Hyde? Have your say in the comments below...