Jarryd Hayne Finally Returns For The 49ers In Loss To Detroit

28/12/2015 1:22 PM AEDT | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 27: Jarryd Hayne #38 of the San Francisco 49ers tries to break a tackle from Nevin Lawson #24 of the Detroit Lions during an NFL game at Ford Field on December 27, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the 49ers 32-17. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

The Jarryd Hayne experiment is not quite done in San Francisco.

The Australian earned a recall to the 49ers' playing roster for Monday morning's clash with Detroit, and earned 47 all-purpose yards in a 32-17 loss.

Hayne, after being encouraged by his coaches -- who admitted the Aussie utility needed to learn the game more before being able to contribute on a regular basis -- ran for 27 yards on nine carries as the second choice running back and caught five passes out of the backfield for 20 yards. He did not gain any yardage on special teams.

Hayne's day out was solid but hardly impressive. Averaging just three yards-per-carry as a running back falls well short of par, and despite being described as "legendary figure" by an NFL commentator he still has plenty to learn.

But the talent and the desire is there. Just ask Hayne.

"I know I'm capable of playing at this level," Hayne said.

"I have a lot of confidence in my ability and to go out there and perform the way I did, I think it showed."

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After a promising start to his NFL switch, the Hayne Train has somewhat derailed this season and the rugby league convert has barely seen the field.

But due to injuries and a poor run of form, the 49ers felt comfortable giving Hayne another crack to show if he can still be a competitive part of this unit next season.

In all likelihood, Hayne won't remain with San Francisco for much longer, meaning he'll want to put as much of his talents on game film as possible so that he can shop himself around to other teams for 2016.

Hayne's story isn't unique and being cut by the 49ers would be far from the end of his career; many position players bounce around from team to team over a number of years before finally landing themselves a permanent home. New England and Baltimore running backs Dion Lewis and Justin Forsett are just two examples -- both having failed to light up the NFL before making their marks on the east coast.

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