Hunter able to sprint: The Associated Press reports that 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is already sprinting in his comeback from last year's torn Achilles in November. The report says he expects to be cutting soon and should be at full strength for training camp. "I'm always encouraged," Hunter said. (Updated 4/17/13)
Achilles - Probable for start of training camp (Updated - 4/1/13)
Hunter should return in time for Week 1 as long as he continues to make progress, and he is expected to remain the No. 2 running back for the 49ers behind Frank Gore. LaMichael James will challenge for that spot, but Hunter is better suited as a replacement for Gore with James more as a change of pace option. Consider Hunter with a late-round pick, especially if you draft Gore in the first three rounds. (Updated 4/17/13).
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Kendall Hunter missed the 49ers' run to the Super Bowl last year when his season ended in Week 12 with a ruptured Achilles. Before the injury, Hunter had 72 carries for 371 yards and two touchdowns and nine catches for 60 yards. He is expected to make a full recovery to start this season and will compete with LaMichael James for the No. 2 job behind Frank Gore. Hunter should have the inside track on James, but even if he wins the job he would only be worth drafting with a late-round pick, especially as a handcuff option for Gore. At some point Gore will falter, and Hunter could be the one to benefit, so keep him on your radar if he's healthy and able to beat out James for the No. 2 spot. (Updated 4/25/13)