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

San Francisco 49ers: Kendall Hunter Activated, Returns to Backup RB Gig


Mention the word “Achilles” to a San Francisco 49ers fan and he or she will likely cringe after Michael Crabtree went down with an Achilles tear and will be out for a while.

However, there finally is some good news regarding an Achilles and the 49ers, as running back Kendall Hunter appears to be recovering nicely from his Achilles tear, and is now back on the practice field.

The 49ers activated Hunter off the physically unable to perform list on Saturday and took part in a few reps at practice.

“I feel blessed to be back out there because you never know how much the game meant to you until it’s taken away from you,” Hunter said, via CSN Bay Area. “I feel good being with the teammates, being able to grind and get back in the groove and play the game I love.”

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

“It’s going well,” Hunter said. “I’m doing everything. I’m just keeping it to whatever the trainers want. I’m listening to what they’re saying, and doing whatever they say I can do.”

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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