Carlos Hyde received some good news on Monday: his MCL injury will not require him to undergo surgery. Hyde will be inactive for the season finale on Sunday, but his recovery process will be streamlined by avoiding surgery.
Hyde’s injury was initially described as an MCL tear. An MRI revealed, however that it was in fact a severe sprain. While this will still prevent Hyde from playing in the 49ers’ season finale, the diagnosis does give Hyde some good news.
Surgery, especially knee surgery, can make the recovery process significantly longer and more difficult. The ACL, like the MCL, is a ligament of the knee, and the knee, obviously, is essential to lateral movement. For running backs, such lateral movement is critical and crucial to dodging defenders and playing at an elite level.
While Hyde’s recovery will not be easy, per se, his prognosis for next season should be much improved relative to the need for a surgical recovery.