San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter, who is entering his fourth season in the NFL, tore his ACL in practice on Friday. The team confirmed this devastating injury Saturday morning.
Kendall Hunter's injury presumably opens door for LaMichael James and Carlos Hyde to have bigger roles in 2014. [ http://t.co/032lABLrVH ]
— Taylor Price (@TaylorPrice) July 26, 2014
San Francisco was relying on Hunter to be the primary backup to Frank Gore this season. The Oklahoma State product is averaging over five yards per touch since the 49ers made him a fourth-round pick back in the 2011 NFL draft.
With Hunter now lost for the season, rookie second-round pick Carlos Hyde should be the next man up behind Gore. Hyde has impressed the 49ers thus far this offseason and fits their rushing attack to a T. As a down-hill runner, he shouldn’t have much of a problem making an immediate impact behind San Francisco’s offensive line.
Marcus Lattimore and LaMichael James are also in the mix.
That’s the good news here. San Francisco has depth at running back. The bad news is that Hunter was its most experienced backup and has now likely played his last game in a 49ers uniform. He’s set to hit free agency after the 2014 season.
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