September 16, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter (32) runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Lions 27-19. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers: RB Kendall Hunter Recovering 'Ahead of Schedule,' Will Be Ready for Training Camp

San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter is recovering “ahead of schedule,” according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Hunter was hurt on a run play against the New Orleans Saints in Week 12, which coincidentally was the same play that injured Kyle Williams for the rest of the season as well.

The second-year native of Tyler, Texas served as the backup running back to Frank Gore, and has been nothing but superb. In 11 games last season, he had 371 yards on 72 carries, an average of 5.2 yards per carry.

With Gore advancing in age, look for Hunter to play an even bigger role in the 49ers offense next season, and it will be important for him to stay healthy.

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