Hunter contributed 358 yards and three touchdowns a year ago. His absence could mean more playing time for 49ers second-round pick Carlos Hyde.
Kendall Hunter favored to win backup RB job
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/14) Despite the attention drawn by rookie Carlos Hyde and second-year pro Marcus Lattimore, running back Kendall Hunter remains the favorite to back up Frank Gore, reports CSNBayArea.com. The 49ers trust him in pass protection and he's averaged 4.6 yards per carry in three seasons backing up Gore.
"Until Hyde or Lattimore prove themselves, the 49ers’ coaching staff is going to stick with Hunter because they know he can be trusted," the report said.
Hunter is entering the last year of his rookie deal.
Kendall Hunter was set to compete for the No. 2 running back for the 49ers when he tore his ACL in a non-contract drill in late July. He'll miss the season, which is heartbreaking for him considering he's entering a contract year. Expect Carlos Hyde to serve as the primary backup to Frank Gore this season.