GLENDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde had 21 touches in Sunday's loss to the Arizona Cardinals despite playing through an oblique injury that had him listed as questionable entering the game.
While that's still a healthy number of opportunities, the Niners did seem to find more snaps for rookie backup Matt Breida to spell Hyde. Breida had 10 touches with nine carries and a reception.
“[Hyde] wasn’t on a pitch count, but we knew he was banged up all week so we wanted to make sure to keep him fresher," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "We planned on getting Breida in there, but by no means did we limit the numbers or say what it was going to be. That just goes off of the momentum of the game. We have a lot of confidence in all of our backs. But yeah, we knew Carlos was hurting a little bit all week. It seemed like he did a good job today. You’d have to ask him how he feels, but our plan was to get all our guys going.”
As a matter of fact, Hyde didn't seem to be in any obvious pain after the game though he had a few moments in the game where he didn't seem to be at top speed. Standing near his locker and speaking to reporters, Hyde acknowledged that he didn't feel like his usual self on Sunday.
“I felt all right," Hyde said. "I didn’t feel like myself all the way, but I felt like I could still be effective. I had to manage it a little bit, just taking a breather, that’s all. That was my way of managing it. It still felt good.”
Hyde didn't enjoy the success he has in the past couple of games, but he still found ways to be effective. He finished with 68 yards on 16 carries and had five catches for 27 yards, giving him a solid total of 95 yards from scrimmage.
Asked whether he thought playing through the injury could make it worse, Hyde said he wasn't sure, but the real test of where he is in terms of health would come on Monday morning when the adrenaline of the game has worn off.
“We’ll see tomorrow," Hyde said. "I played a whole game today, so we’ll see tomorrow how I feel. Right now I feel fine. I felt it a little bit in the game, but it didn’t slow me down, so we’ll see tomorrow.”