Hayne could get NFL lifeline this year

JARRYD Hayne might get another chance to play for the San Francisco 49ers this year.

The running back who replaced the Australian, Kendall Gaskins, suffered a concussion in the 49ers' humiliating loss on Sunday to the Cleveland Browns.

The 49ers' running back stocks have almost been wiped out, with Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, Mike Davis and now Gaskins injured.

The 49ers are also desperate for some type of spark for their offence, which again was anemic against the Browns.

Despite the 49ers' desire to keep the inexperienced Hayne on their practice squad, the team might not have a choice but to promote him to their 53-man squad for the remaining three games of their season.

Gaskins will have to pass the NFL's concussion protocol to be cleared to play the Cincinatti Bengals on Sunday.

The 49ers' top running back Shaun Draughn managed just 43 yards from 11 carries against the Browns, but Hayne's replacement as punt returner Bruce Ellington had one of his best games with a career-high 36-yard return.

The 49ers have had a tepid four win, nine loss season.

The Browns sit below the 49ers at the bottom of the NFL standings with three wins, 10 losses. 49ers' quarterback Blaine Gabbert was sacked a franchise tying record nine times.