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Unknown RB makes special case for 49ers roster spot: 'Hi, my name’s Raheem'

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Unknown RB makes special case for 49ers roster spot: 'Hi, my name’s Raheem'

Raheem Mostert has been the least-recognized running back on the 49ers’ 90-man roster this summer.

From the beginning of training camp, all the talk has been about starter Carlos Hyde, rookies Joe Williams and Matt Breida, and the bids of two veterans, Tim Hightower and Kapri Bibbs, to land roster spots.

Sitting in front of his locker late Sunday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Mostert was clearly having a good time with the attention he earned in the nationally televised game.

“Hi, my name’s Raheem,” he said.

Mostert entered the NFL in 2015. He signed with the Philadephia Eagles as an undrafted rookie. He has also spent time with Miami, Baltimore, Cleveland, the New York Jets and Chicago Bears.

The 49ers originally signed him to their practice squad in November. He was promoted to the active roster for the final game of the season.

The Minnesota Vikings found out all about Mostert on Sunday night. Mostert took a short pass from C.J. Beathard on a third-and-22 play and weaved his way down the field for an 87-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

He added a 4-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Mostert caught two passes for 104 yards and carried four times for 26 yards.

Mostert grabbed the attention of the coaching staff during the summer with his play on special teams. Mostert is one of the fastest players on the team with 4.38 speed. He won the 60- and 200-meter dashes at the 2014 Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships. He also played four seasons of football at Purdue.

His speed makes him a valuable commodity on special teams. Mostert is currently working with the first team on kickoffs, kickoff return and punt coverage.

“It’s a big part of my game,” Mostert said. “I want to go out there and change the field position and showcase what I can do. I make tackles. I can return kicks and block. I want to go out there and give it my all.”

Mostert got his chance on offense on Sunday because final cuts are nearing and the 49ers wanted to give him a chance to prove he can contribute in other ways. He certainly appeared to pass the test in most impressive fashion.

“If you can play special teams for us and you do a good job on offense or defense, it gives you a very good chance,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “He’s done a good job on special teams, so I wanted to give him a little more playing time, see what he could do on offense. And, from what I saw out there, he did a real good job.”

49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

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49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Carlos Hyde sustained a hip injury in the first quarter of the 49ers’ game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

Hyde left the game, and the club listed him as questionable to return to action.

Hyde carried the ball three consecutive times for a combined 25 yards before leaving with an apparent injury to his left side. He sat out seven plays while the 49ers medical staff evaluated him.

Hyde returned in time to pick up 4 yards on a third-and-1 play from the Los Angeles 19. He immediately left the game again and was examined further by the team’s medical staff.

Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

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Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

As the 49ers take on the Rams on Thursday Night Football, the team will be without five defenders and two from offense. 

Ahkello Witherspoon, who the team drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will have to wait to make his debut another week. 

Below is the full list of inactives from Insider Matt Maiocco.