49ers’ running back Kendall Hunter has been activated off the physically unable to perform list. Hunter had been recovering from a partially torn Achilles, an injury he suffered last November against the Saints. He and wide receiver Kyle Williams were lost for the year on the same play in that game. Hunter’s return comes about 8 1/2 months after the injury occurred. That time line should be of some note to 49ers’ fans, especially since Michael Crabtree is hoping to return late this season from an Achilles tear of his own.
Hunter coming back is great news for the 49ers as he has performed well over the past two seasons in limited action behind Frank Gore. In 27 regular season games since he entered the league in 2011, Hunter has 184 carries for 844 yards. That is an average of 4.6 yards per carry. He has also scored four touchdowns. If fully healthy Hunter will most likely be the teams primary backup at running back. The 49ers are also expected to work in LaMichael James at the position during the course of the year.
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