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SANTA CLARA — Thursday’s exhibition finale offers the 49ers an apparently needed chance to pin down their running back corps behind incumbent starter Carlos Hyde.

an undrafted rookie who was first to relieve Hyde in two earlier exhibitions,That’s what coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday when asked whether the No. 2 job belongs to Matt Breida, including Sunday night’s 32-31 loss at Minnesota.

and other guys did too.”, I’m not going to predict any of that until after the game this week,” Shanahan said on a media conference call. “(Breida) has done a good job and we wanted to see him out there earlier in the game,“No, especially against a good defense like Minnesota. He did a good job

While Raheem Mostert and Joe Williams followed Hyde and Breida, two other contenders got no carries and have seen sparse action in exhibition play: veteran Tim Hightower and former Denver Broncos prospect Kapri Bibbs.

but we’re going to let it all play out,“We have some tough decisions to make at running back,” Shanahan added.

Hyde drew praise from Shanahan for what likely was his final action in exhibition play; most starters will sit out Thursday’s finale against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi’s Stadium.

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Hightower only played two snaps Sunday night (on special teams). His only three carries in exhibition action were in a blowout loss to Denver, when he fumbled on his first run and finished the night with minus-1 yard.

— Left tackle Joe Staley’s right knee issue is not expected to keep him out of the Sept. 10 season opener. Staley came out after Sunday’s opening series when he landed awkwardly on the knee in which he’s endured tendonitis, Shanahan said.

“He’s got some stuff in there,” Shanahan said. “He wanted to fight through it and probably could have. We wanted to be safe with him.”

Second-year tackle John Theus replaced Staley and, he “battled, although he wasn’t perfect on pass protection,” Shanahan said.

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Said Shanahan: “I know it affects a bunch of our coaches. Some families have been evacuated. There are a number of players like Vance and others. Our prayers are with them. It’s a tough situation and hopefully we can find a way to do our part to help.”