Jarryd Hayne fans waiting in joyful hope for the Australian rugby league star’s return to the San Francisco 49ers' active roster were likely dealt a blow to the gut with Tuesday’s signing of running back DuJuan Harris off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.
The thinking was that with Shaun Draughn nursing a knee injury suffered in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals and the Niners extremely thin at running back, they would contemplate promoting Hayne from the practice squad, where he has resided since Nov. 2, two days after the team surprisingly waived him.
Instead the Niners signed Harris, 27, who has been with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Ravens since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2011.
Harris filled in after Thomas Rawls went down in Seattle two weeks ago. Harris got the bulk of the work that game, but fumbled, and was cut when it looked like he might be the Seahawks top back until Marshawn Lynch returned. With Draughn's status up in the air for Week 16, it's possible the team turns to Harris.