After beginning the season on a high with an impressive week one performance against the Vikings, the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers and their starting running back, Carlos Hyde, have been steadily on the decline ever since.
And things took a turn for the worse today, with news that Hyde has been ruled out of the 49ers' week eight game against the St. Louis Rams.
Hyde has been dealing with a foot injury for a few weeks now, telling reporters last week that it was "something like" a stress fracture, but it looks like a week off practice hasn't allowed him to recover in time for this Sunday's game.
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The second-year back had been listed as a game-time-decision by San Francisco earlier today.
However, as reported by Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee, medical staff downgraded his status to 'out' after Friday's practice.
Hyde's absence is a big blow for the 2-5 49ers as they head into what is effectively a must-win game against their divisional rivals. Despite playing hurt in recent weeks, the RB has racked up 470 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in 2015.
Without him, Jim Tomsula will likely turn to Reggie Bush as his lead running back against the Rams.
Whether Hyde will be ready to return to competitive action in week nine, or indeed after the team's week 10 bye, remains to be seen, but resting his injured left foot for an extended period of time certainly can't hurt.
Still, with CBS Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reporting today that the young back will likely have to undergo surgery on the fracture at the end of the season, one week off might not be enough.
49ers fans: Without Hyde, do you have any chance of turning around the season? Have your say in the comments below...
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