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Kendall Hunter suffers torn ACL

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The 49ers appear to have lost one of their top reserve running backs for the season.

Fourth-year pro Kendall Hunter has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the team said Saturday morning. The injury seems likely to end Hunter’s campaign, assuming the standard recovery of close to a year for an ACL tear.

According to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, Hunter sustained the injury after catching a short pass in Friday’s practice.

With Hunter out for an extended stretch, rookie tailback Carlos Hyde seemingly has a chance to push for a key backup role in his first NFL season. LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore are also in the mix for carries behind starter Frank Gore.

The 25-year-old Hunter racked up 358 yards and three TDs on 78 carries in 2013. Overall, he’s rushed for 1,202 yards and seven TDs in regular season play since entering the NFL in 2011, averaging 4.6 yards per attempt.

This is the second major leg injury Hunter has suffered in less than two years. He sustained a torn Achilles tendon in 2012, but he returned to play all 16 games last year.

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13 Responses to “Kendall Hunter suffers torn ACL”
  1. bonnovi says: Jul 26, 2014 12:59 PM

    Make that the ligament tear number three in training camp (two if exclude Aaron Ross).

  2. 5trophysbythebay says: Jul 26, 2014 12:59 PM

    Tough break man, get well. Next man up. Time to see what Hyde and Lattimore can do!

  3. icallbs81 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:06 PM

    Hunter will be missed. Picking up the blitz on 3rd down is a thankless task. Besides Gore and Miller (a fullback) the rest of the backs (LMJ, Hyde, Lattimore, and Hampton) do not have much experience in doing this or are not very good at it. If this is really going to be Gore’s last season in the bay we will really get to see what bell cow has left. I hope the tank is at full right now.

    The 49ers will need him!

  4. ctiggs says: Jul 26, 2014 1:17 PM

    Very sad to hear this.. get well kendall!

  5. geejon says: Jul 26, 2014 1:26 PM

    Damn feel real bad for the guy. This was the last year on his deal. He was supposed to see some more carries and then hit FA and perhaps get a nice deal from someone else. Now he’ll be a FA coming off an ACL and be offered 1 yr deal for peanuts as he’ll have to prove himself all over again. Sucks for the Niners depth behind Gore but sux for this young man’s life a lot more. Hope for the best for him.

  6. bigmeechy74 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:32 PM

    Damn it! He is one of my all time favorite college players at Oklahoma state. I think he was just going to keep getting better. crap!

  7. thegrigga49 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:32 PM

    I feel bad for Kendall, contract year. He’ll of a back up and good teammate.

  8. thegrigga49 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:36 PM

    Lamichael James value just sky rocketed based on playing experience. It’s coaching staff values that. I think he’s hungry to make plays.

  9. bassplucker says: Jul 26, 2014 1:44 PM

    The Carlos Hyde pick is looking like genius right about now. At this rate, he may get a shot to be the man sooner than later.

  10. jeffnfl says: Jul 26, 2014 1:50 PM

    LaMichael James is terrible, no more than a situational passing down back. Hyde’s value skyrockets, not his.

  11. dynam01 says: Jul 26, 2014 1:56 PM

    Some dudes can’t catch a break.

  12. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 26, 2014 2:20 PM

    Damn it. Take it easy Hunter and I wish you full recovery.

    Now it’s time to see what Lattimore and Hyde can do. Plus we got Miller back and our new FB Trey Millard so the haters/doubters can pipe down.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  13. winninaintsinnin says: Jul 26, 2014 2:27 PM

    Good luck Mr. Hunter.

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