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Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:06:35 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is the projected lead back for 2015, with impending free-agent RB Frank Gore expected to leave. RB Kendall Hunter (knee) will be returning from an anterior cruciate ligament injury in his knee. Hyde averaged 4.0 yards per carry while rushing for 333 yards in his rookie season in 2014, but he also suffered a sprained ankle in Week 15. Hyde's four rushing touchdowns tied him for the team lead with Gore.
Fantasy Tip: Hyde should be an intriguing fantasy football option as a potential RB2 with upside. However, the uncertainty surrounding the Niners' offense during a regime change can't go unnoticed. How will the power-run game be influenced now that offensive coordinator Greg Roman is gone? With that said, make sure not to overpay for Hyde's services.
Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:29:04 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter signed a one-year contract extension Monday, Nov. 3. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:00:28 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) cleared waivers Tuesday, Aug. 5, and was placed on Reserve/Injured.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:31:06 -0700
The San Francisco 49ers placed RB Kendall Hunter (knee) on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Monday, Aug. 4.
Fantasy Tip: This gives a bump in value to Carlos Hyde, who is now the team's backup running back.
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:44:16 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) is entering the final year of his current contract, but general manager Trent Baalke said the team would like to re-sign him.
Sat, 26 Jul 2014 10:18:57 -0700
Updating a previous report, San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the Friday, July 25, practice, according to a source. Hunter will subsequently miss the entire 2014 season.
Fantasy Tip: It's a good blow to the team's backfield as Hunter was their backup behind RB Frank Gore. Now RB Carlos Hyde could receive some additional playing time with RB LaMichael James also in the mix.
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:10:55 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (knee) suffered a knee injury during practice Friday, July 25. He was able to walk off the field on his own and did not appear to have a limp.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:00:39 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James could have trouble making the roster this year, according to ESPN.com's Bill Williamson. Williamson believes RB Frank Gore, RB Carlos Hyde, RB Marcus Lattimore, RB Kendall Hunter and FB Bruce Miller will make the roster.
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:37:59 -0700
The San Francisco 49ers may consider RB Kendall Hunter as their No. 2 running back at this point, because they know he does well in pass protection and blitz pickup. The team has not seen RB Carlos Hyde and RB Marcus Lattimore in pads at this point and is not sure about their pass protection skills.
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:30:47 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore is expected to compete with RBs Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James this upcoming season.
Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:27:09 -0700
According to a league source, the San Francisco 49ers have been shopping RB LaMichael James. He finds himself behind RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and perhaps Marcus Lattimore on the depth chart at running back this season.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 08:41:38 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) will be inactive for Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers. He's dealing with a sprained medial collateral ligament and is expected to miss up to three weeks. RB Frank Gore will start with RB Kendall Hunter behind him. RB Anthony Dixon could see a bump in playing time.
Fantasy Tip: This isn't a surprise. James should probably be left to the waiver wire for now in more shallow leagues.
Sun, 01 Sep 2013 17:22:17 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James (knee) will not need surgery to repair a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. However, he will be unavailable to return punts or kickoffs dor at least the first three or four regular season games. Last season, he was not active when both RBs Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter were active, so James might not even dress for the first month or so.
Sat, 10 Aug 2013 12:09:38 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:07:20 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') reportedly looked very quick while working on a side field Sunday, July 28. However, he has yet to return to practice, cutting and changing direction.
Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:53:01 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') sprinted with encouraging speed during conditioning drills Thursday, July 25. He is currently on the Physicall Unable to Perform list.
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:04:43 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') is expected to serve as the primary backup behind RB Frank Gore, but he will begin training camp on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list. He is slowly making his way back from an Achilles' injury.
Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:03:52 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore has his snaps regulated last season, as he finally accepted he is more valuable to the team in the long term if he gives up a few carries to his backups. He is still expected to be capable of at least 1,200 rushing yards, but RBs LaMichael James and Kendall Hunter are expected to playing larger roles in the offense.
Fantasy Tip: Gore remains a low-end RB1 for fantasy purposes, but his days as an early first-round draft pick are well over.
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 10:02:24 -0700
The San Francisco 49ers have placed WR Mario Manningham (knee), WR Kyle Williams (knee), RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') and LB Darius Fleming (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Fri, 31 May 2013 16:29:41 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') will be eight months removed from a torn left Achilles' tendon reconstruction when the team opens training camp July 24. He says he can do everything the coaching staff asks of him. Hunter has been cutting during organized team activities.
Fantasy Tip: Hunter will vie with RB LaMichael James for touches behind starter Frank Gore. Hunter is a somewhat risky RB5 or a handcuff to Gore if you miss out on James.
Wed, 15 May 2013 11:17:03 -0700
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said he believes in using multiple running backs that can do different things on offense. "I'm a big believer -- we are big believers -- in a three-headed approach," Baalke said. "In other words, having a group of backs that bring to the table something a little bit different than the other one so you can do a lot of different things. But also having those backs be able to do enough things the same so you don't become so predictable on game day." RBs Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James likely will see playing time this season.
Fantasy Tip: All three running backs likely will receive playing time this season and could have fantasy value during the season. Gore likely will receive the majority of the carries and should be seen as a mid to weak No. 2 running back option. James and Hunter could be late-round fliers in drafts because of their expected roles on offense.
Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:05:41 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') is ahead of schedule in his recovery, and he has resumed running, according to a source close to the player. Hunter is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Fantasy Tip: With Frank Gore still starting, and the emergence of LaMichael James late last season, as well as the presence of Anthony Dixon, Hunter will have his work cut out for him trying to carve out of the piece of the pie for himself in 2013.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:40:26 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles'), WR Kyle Williams (knee) and DE Justin Smith (triceps) are expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:12:55 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') got out of his walking boot Wednesday, Jan. 23. There was no timetable for medical clearance.
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 19:21:06 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James might finally get his chance to shine as the change of pace back behind RB Frank Gore following the season-ending injury to RB Kendall Hunter (ankle). Teammate FS Donte Whitner likes what he has seen from James on the practice squad. "He's a guy similar to (New Orleans Saints RB Darren Sproles). He can carry the ball up inside. I know he's anxious to get out there and play," Whitner said Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:35:56 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (Achilles') was placed on Injured Reserve with an Achilles' injury Tuesday, Nov. 27.
Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:48:28 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (ankle) will miss the rest of the season with a left ankle injury that he suffered in Week 12, according to a person informed of Hunter's prognosis. The Niners have not announced a timetable for Hunter, however. RBs LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs will be asked to increase their roles as a result. James has yet to be active for a game this year.
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 08:57:30 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB LaMichael James could be activated after RB Kendall Hunter (ankle) suffered an ankle injury in Week 12.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 16:28:29 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (ankle) left the Week 12 game against the New Orleans Saints due to an ankle injury. Hunter is questionable to return.
Mon, 19 Nov 2012 20:49:09 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter carried five times for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 19. He also had one reception for three yards.
Mon, 29 Oct 2012 20:59:17 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter carried 10 times for 43 yards in Week 8 against the Arizona Cardinals Monday, Oct. 29, and he added one reception for six yards. He had 11 total touches to 16 for fellow RB Frank Gore.
Sun, 07 Oct 2012 21:25:51 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter had 11 carries for 81 yards in the Week 5 game against the Buffalo Bills. He saw plenty of touches with the game out of hand and starter RB Frank Gore resting late in the second half.
Sun, 30 Sep 2012 13:48:30 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries against the New York Jets in Week 4. RB Kendall Hunter rushed for 56 yards and one touchdown on eight carries in the game.
Fri, 14 Sep 2012 19:00:20 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter is expected to serve as the kickoff return man in Week 2 against the Detroit Lions.
Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:54:55 -0700
San Francisco 49ers WR Kyle Williams is expected to be the backup return man for the team behind WR Ted Ginn Jr. (knee). However, rookie RB LaMichael James is also expected to see some time on punts and kickoffs during training camp, and CB Perrish Cox saw time on kickoff returns during offseason workouts. RB Kendall Hunter and CB Chris Culliver also might get a look on kickoff returns.
Tue, 08 May 2012 14:16:38 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore feels he has plenty left in the tank despite the team's plans to ease his workload in coming years. RBs Brandon Jacobs, Kendall Hunter, Anthony Dixon, Rock Cartwright and LaMichael James are all on roster and will threaten Gore's playing time. "I feel like I still got a lot left in my tank," Gore said. "I want to show it off that I still got a lot left in my tank and I can play at a high level. I will play at a high level as long as God blesses me to be healthy so I can go out and do something that I love."
Wed, 02 May 2012 10:54:34 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RBs Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James may compete for playing time during training camp. Both could see time as the third-down running back.
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 21:07:06 -0700
San Francisco 49ers rookie RB LaMichael James said he is willing to do anything he can to get on the field during his first season. He returned 64 kickoffs and 14 punts in his college career, so his experience as a returner could help him. "I can do anything they ask of me as far as running the ball. I can even run down on kickoffs. Block field goals. Whatever the team needs me to do as to win ballgames, that's what I'm going to do," James said.
James was surprised to be selected by the team, noting he only talked with them at the NFL Combine. James joins a crowded 49ers backfield, which includes Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs and Kendall Hunter, who is a similarly sized back.
Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:33:01 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Brandon Jacobs could share the team's backup role at running back with RB Kendall Hunter.
Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:34:07 -0800
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said Thursday, Feb. 23, that RB Kendall Hunter is likely to see a bigger role going forward. "You saw a lot of Kendall Hunter last year. Don't think there would be any reason not to. He did a fabulous job for us in two phases - offensive and in the area of special teams," Harbaugh said. "And he just works so darn hard at it. And he likes football so much and he's willing to spend extra classroom time."
Sun, 20 Nov 2011 18:28:28 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter had 11 carries for 27 yards in Week 11 against the Arizona Cardinals, and RB Anthony Dixon added 32 yards on seven runs. Davis also managed a 15-yard reception.
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 12:35:51 -0800
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh gave the indication that he may not push RB Frank Gore (knee) in Week 11 with RBs Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon more than capable of carrying the load. "I would plan on (Gore) playing, but you just feel like right now that we've got a stable of backs," Harbaugh said. "We've got Frank Gore. We've got Kendall Hunter. We've got fresh legs in Anthony Dixon. This bodes really well for our football team." The team has a short week in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens, which may be even more reason to rest Gore.
Sun, 13 Nov 2011 18:32:40 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter carried six times for 40 yards with a touchdown in Week 10 against the New York Giants. He also added a 4-yard reception. Hunter saw an increased workload in the second half with RB Frank Gore (knee) sidelined.
Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:17:33 -0800
San Francisco 49ers SS Dashon Goldson (knee), RB Kendall Hunter (ankle), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe), TE Delanie Walker (knee) and FS Donte Whitner (thigh) were each able to practice in full Friday, Nov. 11. All five players are considered probable for Week 10 against the New York Giants.
Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:57:16 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (ankle), TE Delanie Walker (knee), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe), FS Donte Whitner (thigh) and SS Dashon Goldson (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 10.
Wed, 09 Nov 2011 17:33:01 -0800
San Francisco 49ers SS Dashon Goldson (knee), RB Kendall Hunter (ankle), CB Shawntae Spencer (toe), TE Delanie Walker (knee) and FS Donte Whitner (thigh) were each able to practice in full Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Sun, 06 Nov 2011 12:46:13 -0800
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter (finger) suffered a dislocated finger in Week 9 but was considered probable to return.
Sun, 09 Oct 2011 17:11:33 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Kendall Hunter had nine carries for 65 yards in a blowout win in Week 5 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. RB Anthony Dixon had two carries for four yards and a score.
Sun, 02 Oct 2011 08:38:43 -0700
San Francisco 49ers RB Frank Gore (ankle) is expected to play in Week 4, but RB Kendall Hunter will start.
Fantasy Tip: They play the Philadelphia Eagles, who've been weak against the run so far this year. Both are suitable fantasy plays, but temper your expectations on Gore considering he might not have a normal workload.
Sat, 01 Oct 2011 20:24:24 -0700
San Francisco 49ers backup RBs Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon are expected to see playing time in Week 4 against the Philadelphia Eagles with RB Frank Gore (ankle) uncertain. Even if Gore is able to play, it is believed Hunter will see as much playing time as the veteran.