It may have been a tough week for Jarryd Hayne but it appears things could be looking up for the NFL recruit.
The Australian’s NFL future took a hit in the past week when he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers, bypassed by the other 31 teams and then signed to the 49ers practice squad.
However, Hayne’s hopes of getting back on the field this season as starting punt returner aren’t dead, with special teams co-ordinator Thomas McGaughey saying on Wednesday he was “an option”.
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49ers’ kick returner and wide-receiver Bruce Ellington appears set to take over the punt return job against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
However, McGaughey said Hayne could be promoted from the practice squad.
“He’s definitely an option,” McGaughey told reporters.
The 49ers, after losing six of their first eight games and struck by injuries to running backs Reggie Bush, Mike Davis and Carlos Hyde, are in turmoil.
Bush has been ruled out for the season after knee surgery while Davis and Hyde could also be out for weeks.
Head coach Jim Tomsula confirmed quarterback Colin Kaepernick had been benched in favour of little-used back-up Blaine Gabbert.