Draughn will likely back up Carlos Hyde in 2016.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
49ers RB Shaun Draughn (knee, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 16. DuJuan Harris joined the team this week (at the expense of Travaris Cadet), so he could see some touches with Draughn.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
49ers RB Shaun Draughn (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Draughn is considered “day-to-day,” which means he could potentially play in Week 16, but it’s not looking good. DuJuan Harris joined the team this week (at the expense of Travaris Cadet), so he could see some touches if Draughn is out. For now, we’re assuming Draughn sits.
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.
Draughn, their starter the past six games, was undergoing an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his knee injury.
Coach Jim Tomsula didn’t speak to favorably as if Mike Davis would be able to step back into action this week, even though he’s eligible to return off short-term injured reserve. Davis suffered a fractured hand at St. Louis.
“We have to see how that goes,” Tomsula said. “You’ve got a running back with a hand (issue). … We’re not going to put him in any danger.”
San Francisco 49ers starting running back Shaun Draughn suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and at halftime he was ruled out for the remainder of the contest.
The extent of the injury was not disclosed.
Draughn was replaced by Travaris Cadet, the story said. But Cadet is best used as a third down option and probably isn't a "carry-the-load type" of back. However, it's a situation worth monitoring for those hurting at the RB position.
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49ers RB Carlos Hyde (foot, out) missed practice again Thursday and is out for Week 11. Shaun Draughn will get the start and is a volume play in a terrible matchup against the Seahawks. He had 20 touches in the team’s last game.
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5:53pm
Hyde has not played since Oct. 22, citing a stress fracture in his left foot. And if Hyde does not play this weekend on the artificial turf of the Seattle Seahawks’ CenturyLink Field, the running back duties figure to again fall on the new guy.
The 49ers obviously liked what they saw in Draughn enough to part ways with the more-accomplished Pierre Thomas after his one-game audition last week. The team did sign Travaris Cadet as a pass-catching threat and he could cut into Draughn's workload. It will be a tough matchup at Seattle in Week 11.
Friday, November 6, 2015, 6:19pm
49ers RB Carlos Hyde (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 9. Hyde is expected to sit out through the team’s Week 10 bye, so Pierre Thomas, Kendall Gaskins and Shaun Draughn to split up the work.
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