Hyde hopeful of returning for 49ers; Tomsula remains uncertain

Published Dec. 7, 2015 7:15 p.m. ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde appears determined to play again this season, although his coach is unsure it will happen. 

"Honestly, I don't know if Carlos will play this year or not," 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said Monday at his weekly media briefing.  "I know that with the particular injury and the way it's being handled medically with Carlos, I know Carlos would like to try to play. I know they're really working through it. But again, I don't deal in that world."

Hyde sat out his fifth consecutive game Sunday due to a stress fracture in his left foot and has not played or practiced since Oct. 22. Tomsula declined to weigh in on whether Hyde would be better off sitting out the final four games.

"I'm going to stay out of those conversations," Tomsula said. "We'll see where he ends up. Whatever's best for Carlos."

Hyde, who opened the season by rushing for 168 yards and two touchdowns, suffered the injury in a loss at the New York Giants on Oct. 11. He played in the next two games but struggled in losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks.