Skip to main content

Around the League

Presented By

Kendall Hunter done for San Francisco 49ers' season

The San Francisco 49ers will be without Kendall Hunter for the rest of the season, a source told USA Today. The 49ers said the running back suffered a left ankle injury in a win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, but Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported Hunter suffered a torn ACL.

Breer: A position of strength

Colin Kaepernick is the latest to benefit from 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh's knack for nurturing QBs, Albert Breer says. **More ...**

Hunter provided a quality backup and change of pace for Frank Gore. He had 371 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries this season.

Hunter's absence will provide an opportunity for a back that has been pining for a chance. Rookie LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs have been eager for more opportunities. Jacobs, the two-time Super Bowl winner with the New York Giants, has been the vocal one of the two. James hasn't been active for a single game.

The 49ers are a run-first offense and the combination of Gore and Hunter was no joke. Hunter rushed for 473 yards as a rookie last year. The 49ers enjoyed the luxury of being able to spell Gore, who is currently No. 6 on the active career rushers list. One of those backs needs to step up.

Jacobs has been begging for a chance. Now he has to prove worthy of one.

Follow Kareem Copeland on Twitter @kareemcopeland.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content