Kendall Hunter RB SF 10 Hrs

49ers GM Trent Baalke "made it clear" Sunday the team hopes to re-sign contract-year RB Kendall Hunter despite his right ACL tear.

The 49ers could probably keep Hunter for very cheap after he tore both his Achilles' and ACL in a three-year span. "We'd love to have Kendall," Baalke said. "Kendall is a tremendous football player and an even better young man. He is a mentally tough young man, so I'd expect that he'd come back very well from the injury." Dynasty league owners of Hunter can consider dropping him.

Kendall Hunter RB SF 2 Days

49ers RB Kendall Hunter tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday's practice.

He is done for the season. Even though running back was a position of depth for the 49ers, this injury is a blow to the offense. Rookie Carlos Hyde is now the favorite to back up Frank Gore, and out-of-favor LaMichael James could also see an increase to his workload. Hunter was entering the final year of his rookie deal.

Kendall Hunter RB SF 2 Days

The 49ers reportedly fear Kendall Hunter's knee injury could be "significant."

He went down in Friday's practice. The 49ers are awaiting MRI results. If Hunter misses much time, rookie Carlos Hyde would come into more opportunity.

Kendall Hunter RB SF 2 Days

49ers Kendall Hunter suffered a leg injury during Friday's practice.

The severity of the injury is unknown, but ESPN's Ed Werder reported the 49ers "didn't like the way it looked" and are "concerned." Hunter will likely get an MRI today to assess the severity of the injury. Rookie Carlos Hyde would step into the No. 2 role if Hunter is forced to miss any time.

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CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco confirms Kendall Hunter "clearly" remains the 49ers' No. 2 running back entering training camp.

Hunter has a lead on Carlos Hyde and Marcus Lattimore "based on his knowledge of the 49ers' protections and willingness to stick his face in to take on blitzers." Pass pro is something with which first-year players like Hyde and Lattimore routinely struggle. We still prefer Hyde over Hunter as Frank Gore's handcuff, because Hyde would be a better bet for early-down and goal-line work in the event of injury to 31-year-old Gore.

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Kendall Hunter rushed three times for 16 yards in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks.

Hunter wasn't targeted in the passing game. Hunter actually out-gained Frank Gore despite getting eight fewer carries. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, the 5-foot-7, 199-pound Hunter now has 262 career carries for 1,202 yards (4.6 YPC). He's mixed in 27 catches for an additional 268 yards. Although the presence of Marcus Lattimore clouds Hunter's Dynasty-league value, he'll be back and ready for a bigger role in 2014 as the 49ers look to lessen the wear on an aging Frank Gore.

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Kendall Hunter rushed nine times for 27 yards in the 49ers' Divisional Round win over the Panthers.

The 49ers mixed in Hunter in the first quarter, but scrapped their change-of-pace back following an early deficit and utilized Frank Gore as a workhorse while generally playing pass-first football until they grabbed a two-score second-half lead. That's when Hunter got his carries. Hunter will likely see a smaller workload in next week's NFC Championship clash at Seattle.

Kendall Hunter RB SF 7 Months

Kendall Hunter managed four yards on two carries as the 49ers defeated the Packers in Sunday night's Wild Card playoff game.

Operating as Frank Gore's "breather" back, Hunter was stuffed at or near the line of scrimmage on each of his carries. His role won't change in the Divisional Round.

Kendall Hunter RB SF 7 Months

Kendall Hunter rushed two times for 13 yards in Sunday's Week 17 win at Arizona.

On a day the 49ers' run game had no shot, Hunter was predictably quiet. He managed to stay healthy and ahead of Anthony Dixon/LaMichael James all year, finishing the regular season with 78 carries for 358 yards and three touchdowns. The 2012 Achilles' tear is deep in the rear-view mirror. Hunter remains a hold in Dynasty formats as Frank Gore continues to climb into his 30s with tons of tread on his tires.

Kendall Hunter RB SF 7 Months

Kendall Hunter rushed for 51 yards on three carries in Week 16 versus Atlanta.

Hunter's big run was a 45-yard scamper down inside the Falcons' five-yard line to set up Frank Gore's one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Other than that, Hunter was a non-factor like he has been for much of the season.