Report: Kendall Hunter out for season

AP

The 49ers have impressive depth at the skill positions.  And that depth is about to get tested.

Running back Kendall Hunter is out for the season with an ankle injury, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.  Hunter joins receiver Kyle Williams as key offensive cogs who were lost for the year in Sunday’s win over the Saints.

As Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explained during Tuesday’s PFT Live, the loss of Hunter likely means more opportunities for Brandon Jacobs, and not necessarily the debut and/or extended use of second-round rookie LaMichael James.

As to Williams’ absence, Maiocco thinks it will translate into more Randy Moss, not more/any first-round rookie A.J. Jenkins.

Still, the Hunter and Williams injuries nudge the to-date unused rookies farther up the chart.  If others are injured, it’ll be time to see whether this year’s first-round and second-round picks can make the same kind of impact that last year’s first-round and second-picks, Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick, respecitvely, are making

31 responses to “Report: Kendall Hunter out for season

  1. Why is there no mention of how he got injured? That Jonathan “the Bounty Hunter” Vilma twisted it on a tackle?

  2. Doesn’t matter, this team is loaded with depth. I’m not a 49er fan by any means, but a plane crash could take out half the starters and they would be fine…

  3. The NFL needs to look at Vilma in that play.. he was clearly twisting Hunters ankle after the play was over..

  4. This is a significant blow to the 49ers running game. Hunter is very powerful and a perfect 2nd runner behind Gore.

    But he isn’t their first RB and they have depth.

    Dixon and Jacobs better start sharpening their cleats — and this signifies even more the Niners will need Kaepernick because the running options just narrowed.

  5. After further review, Vilma is still a dirty player. Hard for him to clear his name when replay shows him wrenching Hunter’s ankle long after play is over.

  6. Maybe Brandon Jacobs can stop whining a bit, and I really want to see what LaMichael James can do. LaMichael James was the MAN at Oregon.

    And I think as we approach the playoffs, more Randy Moss and more James has got to be a goot thing. Just more weapons that the defense has to respect

  7. Too bad
    Kendall Hunter was a real contributor to this team
    To say nothing of Kevin Williams
    WHO will take their roster spots ???

    I hope Randy Moss and Brandon Jacobs both get more playing time.
    For Jacobs, it would be ANY playing time
    How are Jenkins and James working out in reserve?
    Odd not to use healthy 1st and 2nd round picks

  8. Best news SF fans could have hoped for b/c it pushes Jacobs up the chart. Not a SF fan at all and I know Hunter will be missed but the ONLY element that SF is missing is championship meddle. Jacobs brings that it droves.

  9. Suddenly, drafting skill position depth in the first two rounds looks like it was the smart thing to do. It will be interesting to see how much playing time James and Jenkins get (compared to Jacobs and Ginn) and how they perform.

  10. I’m a niners fan and have watched the replay and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary from Vilma. Those saying he “caused” this injury can you please provide some evidence? I watched the game replay twice last night and saw nothing.

  11. justintuckrule – You don’t know football if you think Jacobs is better for this team than Hunter was. Beat it troll.

  12. If the backups step in and play like Colin did in replacing Alex Smith, other teams are gonna be in a world of hurt.

  13. mikeinsanfran says:
    Nov 27, 2012 2:09 PM
    I’m a niners fan and have watched the replay and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary from Vilma. Those saying he “caused” this injury can you please provide some evidence? I watched the game replay twice last night and saw nothing.

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    Thank you very much Mike. Vilma didn’t twist his ankle, he actually rolled on it making the tackle. But of course people see what they want to see.

  14. mikeinsanfran, you must have blinked for a long time. I saw it, millions of people saw it, and I’m not a 49re’s fan. If Hunter’s out for the year, Vilma should be out for the year.

  15. Can anyone tell me what time of the game this play takes place in?

    I’d like to have a look at the play myself.

  16. mikeinsanfran says:
    Nov 27, 2012 2:10 PM

    justintuckrule – You don’t know football if you think Jacobs is better for this team than Hunter was. Beat it troll.
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    Apologies. My comment came off as cheering on an injury. I didn’t intend for that. All I am saying is that SF has it all EXCEPT for the “intangible” which Jacobs now brings. He wasn’t any better last year with us than he is with you but he set the tone for us in a few big games…namely against Atlanta. Trust me on this. A lot can be said for a vet that’s “been there done that”.

  17. As a New York Giants fan I hope Jacobs gets the call because he sucks Mr. tiptoe. I want to see LaMichael James play as a duck fan LMJ!

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