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Kendall Hunter working out with Niners after ACL tear

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Kendall Hunter didn't even make it out of the second day of training camp in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL that cost him the entire year.

Yet, when quarterback Colin Kaepernick assessed the San Francisco 49ers' running back committee after the esteemed Frank Gore moved to Indy, the first name he uttered was Hunter's.

"We have Kendall coming back, who a lot of people forget about," Kaepernick said Friday, per the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows. "Carlos (Hyde) had a great rookie year for us, and we'll probably be using him a lot more this year. We've brought Reggie (Bush) in who's another great weapon on offense. And those are just to name a few of the guys that we have back there. (Gore will) be missed, but we also have people who are more than capable of filling that void."

Hunter appears on pace for his comeback eight months after the injury. A video from the 49ers' official team site shows Hunter running well during offseason workouts.

We expect Hyde to play the power-back role in the 49ers offense, with Bush and Hunter serving as the pass-catching, shifty combo in the backfield. If Hunter is fully healthy come September, he'll be a solid weapon on third downs and in passing situations for Kaepernick.

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