Breer: A position of strength
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.
Jacobs has been begging for a chance. Now he has to prove worthy of one.