San Francisco 49ers running back Reggie Bush suffered a torn ACL during their loss to the Rams on Sunday, creating a big need for a back to split carries with starter Carlos Hyde. That will keep him out for the remainder of the season, and with Hyde dealing with a nagging foot injury and rookie Mike Davis proving to be inconsistent so far this year, they desperately need to add depth at the position. Here are five backs the 49ers could sign to replace Bush:
5) Bryce Brown
Brown makes the list because he could act as a pass-catching back the team lacks without Bush. Brown is quick, shifty, and worth a look as a change-of-pace back. He was recently cut by the Buffalo Bills and had a workout with the Chiefs when Jamaal Charles went down.
4) Fitzgerald Toussaint
The former Michigan RB is on the Ravens' practice squad, but signing him makes sense as addition with Bush out. A young back, there is some upside with Toussaint as a shifty power back.
3) Ben Tate
Tate has been around the league over the past year since being cut by the Browns, but he fits the team's system and could contribute if needed. His knowledge of the offense gives him a boost, too. He still has talent, and did get a workout with the Chiefs when Charles went down.
2) Pierre Thomas
Thomas is best catching passes out of the backfield, a talent the 49ers will miss with Foster out. He nearly signed with the Texans earlier this year, and has had several workouts with teams - including the 49ers. Perhaps it's time to finally pull the trigger.
1) Jarryd Hayne
The 49ers surprisingly cut Hayne this week, but it might be time to re-sign the former Rugby star. Hayne is still very raw, especially as a runner, but he already has knowledge of the system and can also be effective on special teams.Back to the San Francisco 49ers Newsfeed