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Kendall Hunter Tears ACL in Second Camp Practice

Posted Jul 26, 2014

The fourth-year running back suffered the right knee injury at Friday’s training camp session in a 7-on-7 passing drill.

Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL on his right knee, the San Francisco 49ers confirmed.

The fourth-year running back suffered the knee injury at Friday’s training camp session. Hunter caught a swing pass out of the backfield during a non-contact 7-on-7 passing drill and went to the ground after trying to make an up-field move. Cornerback Perrish Cox closed in on Hunter in the open field, but backed off of the running back as he went to the ground.

Hunter stayed down for a few minutes and was examined by trainers and Jim Harbaugh. Hunter later stood up and walked into the locker room under his own power.

After undergoing an MRI, the diagnosis was made Saturday morning, hours before the team’s first padded practice of camp.

Hunter entered the 2014 season, the final year of his four-year rookie contract, as the frontrunner to be Frank Gore’s backup, a role Hunter held for the past three seasons. This is Hunter’s second major injury with the 49ers. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in a road game against the New Orleans Saints in 2012.

With Hunter out of action, the backup running back competition will feature third-year running back LaMichael James, second-year runner Jewel Hampton and rookie Carlos Hyde.

Second-year running back Marcus Lattimore (hamstring, knee) remains on the team’s Non-Football Injury List.

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