The defending NFC champions have regained the services of one of their offensive players who tore an Achilles tendon.
While it’s not receiver Michael Crabtree (yet), the return of running back Kendall Hunter beefs up a potent depth chart at tailback.
The 49ers have activated Hunter from the physically unable to perform list, allowing him to return to practice.
Hunter appeared in 11 games last year, rushing for 371 yards as the backup to Frank Gore. But Hunter could loses touches and reps this year to second-year second-rounder LaMichael James.
Eventually, they all have to worry about Marcus Lattimore, a rookie who is working hard to recover from torn ACL.