Hightower (knee) was held out of action in Friday's preseason opener against Kansas City, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The veteran running back has been dealing with a minor knee injury and it was bothering him enough to keep him sidelined for Week 1 of the preseason. The 49ers haven't provided specifics in regard the the severity of the injury, but Hightower's participation in practice this upcoming week should give us a better of idea when he is expected to make his debut in red and gold. The 31-year-old is currently listed as the primary backup to Carlos Hyde, but he will have to fend of rookie Joe Williams for touches as the regular season approaches.
Hightower (knee) was back on the practice field Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
His injury wasn't expected to hinder Hightower too long, and it's a good sign that he's back on the field. The 31-year-old will continue to share snaps with Carlos Hyde, especially since Hightower is a more skilled pass catcher than Hyde. The 49ers play in Kansas City on Friday night.
Hightower was held out of practice Monday with a knee injury and is considered day-to-day, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Hightower exited early during practice Thursday and was subsequently absent from Friday's session with what was termed as a day off. It now appears that the veteran is nursing a legitimate injury, but given the day-to-day prognosis, it seems Hightower's situation presents little cause for concern.
Hightower has looked good through the first week of training camp, but Carlos Hyde also has impressed and is putting himself in good position to retain the starting job, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Of the three players competing for serious roles, rookie Joe Williams apparently is the only one struggling. Meanwhile, Hyde seems to be back at full strength and taking a liking to coach Kyle Shanahan's scheme, but the fourth-year back doesn't have a strong record as a pass catcher, which should help Hightower in his own bid for a major role. As things stand, Hightower is the favorite for the No. 2 job and also for the role as the primary passing down back. Williams does still have plenty of time to push for work with the start of the preseason a week away.
Hightower picked up the first snap at running back during Monday's practice, Cam Inman of The Mercury News reports.
With Carlos Hyde just more than seven months removed from a torn MCL, the 49ers coaching staff could be doing their due diligence with the running back, who arrived at training camp in "tremendous" shape, according to general manager John Lynch. However, in addition to getting superseded by Hightower in Monday's practice, Hyde also fumbled on a toss play. Contrary to popular opinion, the competition between Hyde and Hightower is closer than initially expected, but in-game performances in the preseason may actually hold more weight in the end.
|P3||8/27/17||@ MIN||8:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ ARI||4:05 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|13||12/3/17||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAR||4:25 pm|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||8||3||96||375||3.9||26||4||1||25|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||1||133||548||4.1||30||4||4||32|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||8||3||12||129||10.8||27||0||2||0||7|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||1||22||200||9.1||50||1||2||1||11|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||3||61||20.3||31||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New Orleans Saints||8||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||New Orleans Saints||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2017||San Francisco 49ers||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|