It’s been over three weeks since Carlos Hyde last saw the field, so is he finally ready to make a return in week 10? Not so fast. Hyde injured his shoulder in Week 6 but finished out the game. It wasn’t until he was seen in a sling at practice the following Tuesday that concern arose over his injury. The 49ers reported that it wasn’t anything serious, but they kept him out Week 7 so he could get extra rest with a bye in Week 8. But then, the following week rolled around and Hyde still wasn’t able to participate in any contact drills.
We finally learned the nature of Hyde’s injury – a sprained AC joint. This is an injury that often leads to a multi-week absence, especially for running backs, so it started to make more sense that he wasn’t a lock to play. Taking hits can cause more damage to the shoulder and can be incredibly painful, so ball security becomes a concern too. It also impacts his involvement in the passing game and his blocking ability because range of motion is affected.
Here we are a week later and not much has changed for Hyde. He hasn’t taken any hits and his status for Sunday remains up in the air. The 49ers will reportedly decide on his playing status on Saturday, but for now consider him more doubtful than questionable. Even if he is active, I see him splitting carries with DuJuan Harris. Hyde would be a very risky fantasy start.
The day has finally come for the Cowboys to actually make a decision on their starting quarterback. Tony Romo has been medically cleared to return to football, so it’s no longer a question that will need an answer in the future. The time is now.
Romo suffered a compression fracture to the L1 vertebrae. His injury did not require surgery, but as Inside Injuries originally predicted, his recovery time was over two months. He was sacked by Seahawks lineman Cliff Avril and almost folded in half, putting a lot of pressure on the lower back.
Consider this injury along with his history of back injuries (and collarbone fractures) and years in the league, and you’ve got a player who is at risk when you throw him back out on the field, even though he is medically cleared. So, what decision should the Cowboys make? Dak Prescott has been incredibly impressive through the first nine games of his rookie year, so I don’t see how you can take the starting job away from him at this point. If Romo does happen to start, he is at risk of getting hurt again.
In 2014, Romo missed just one game, but he was limited for part of the season because of two transverse process fractures he suffered when he took a knee to the back. Then he played just four games in 2015 because he fractured his collarbone twice. 2016 didn’t start out well when he picked up his most recent injury during a preseason game, so it’s been a rough three years for him. Yes, Romo is a great quarterback, but if he can’t stay healthy he’s no good to the Cowboys.
Jerry Jones has said they will roll with the hot hand at quarterback, and right now that’s Dak Prescott. The decision is reportedly now in the hands of the coaching staff, and with this team dominating like it has on their seven-game win streak, there’s no reason to make a change. For now, Romo needs to embrace his role as the Cowboys backup.
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