After the preseason slate wrapped up, Hunter was suddenly placed on season-ending injured reserve. With an injury settlement in his back pocket, he has the ability to re-sign with the 49ers once he reaches the conclusion of the settlement, likely in six weeks' time.
After missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL,
"He's coming along great," coach Jim Tomsula said. "I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall… but we definitely have a rep count on him. You've got to keep him corralled, but he's moving around really quick."
While Kendall is still receiving treatment on the knee, he said it's mostly just for maintenance purposes.
"Once you hurt something, you nurse it even if it isn't hurt," he said. "Just to stay healthy and be ready to go."
From 2006 through last year, there was no question about who would assume the featured back role for the
It was Frank Gore. Period.
Times have changed. Gore has moved on to Indianapolis. Second-year back
The latter is intriguing. He sat out 2014 with a torn ACL, but rushed for more yards in each of his first three seasons than the 333 Hyde recorded last year. And Hunter is fully recovered.
"He's coming along great," Jim Tomsula told CSNBayArea.com. "I think we all have strong feelings for Kendall. You see him out there moving. He's moving around great. But we definitely have a rep count on him. ... You've got to keep him corralled. But he's moving around really quick."
Hunter has 1,202 yards (4.6 average) and seven touchdowns in 43 career games.
Tomsula believes the 49ers are covered at running back no matter who emerges to earn the bulk of the work.
"I'm not talking depth charts or anything right now, but they're all getting after it."
All except Hyde, who has been sidelined for a couple weeks with a minor pull in his leg (not his hamstring). Tomsula said if it were the regular season, he would be active.
"We have Kendall coming back, who a lot of people forget about," quarterback Colin Kaepernick said, per the Sacramento Bee.
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|2012||San Francisco 49ers||11||0||9||60||6.7||12||0||0||0||3|
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