San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter tore his ACL in training camp. This marks the second severe injury of his career.
San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter suffered the second serious injury of his NFL career when he tore his ACL in training camp.
The former Oklahoma State running back had previously had a season-ending torn Achilles in November 2012, and he is set to become a free agent after the 2014 season.
Fortunately, the 49ers are stacked at running back. They still have Frank Gore entrenched as the starter, and LaMichael James has enough experience in the offense to take on a change-of-pace back role.
Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde are also in the mix for carries, and they figure to benefit from Hunter’s absence.
Lattimore is expected to see the field for the first time since joining the NFL. He had suffered a serious knee injury in his final season at South Carolina, and the 49ers kept him off the field his entire rookie season.
Hyde would have likely been redshirted as a rookie if Hunter stayed healthy, but he may see a significant role in the 49ers offense now that the depth at running back is slightly thinner.