The 49ers confirmed Saturday that running back Kendall Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Friday’s practice.
It makes sense for the 49ers offense to make some changes after replacing Alex Smith, this not yet. Colin Kaepernick is a completely different player with a different skill set, but with questions surrounding the passing game, the running game, for now, is still the team’s bread and butter. With a full stable of backs, the coaches need to commit to the run, and worry about the passing game when they get back all their pieces.
All week long, Kendall Hunter peppered fellow San Francisco running back Anthony Dixon about how he looked in practice – how fast did he look?
The story of the professional athlete overcoming a troubled past to make it to the pros is not uncommon. What makes LaMichael James story so unique is that he has been on himself for most of his life, and even after reaching the pinnacle of football, his past will continue to remind him how lucky he is.
Although the injury reports list both teams as relatively healthy, San Francisco will be without a big part of their running game, and a player who wore a few hats. St. Louis is also a little banged up, and could be without their top receiver for the season series finale.
Former Cal star and Detroit Lions running back Jahvid Best was honored Tuesday with the NFL’s Ed Block Courage award for his “steadfast dedication and determination” in trying to return to the field after suffering two more concussions last season. Best hasn’t played since game six last year, and is sidelined through this season.
When the 49ers drafted Kendall Hunter in the 4th round of the 2011 draft, they got a player who is trusted carrying the ball when Frank Gore is not on the field. This is a lot of trust to give a player who is just in his 2nd year. Hunter has continued to improve each week and is poised to take over the full time job when Frank Gore eventually calls it quits.
Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night.
The three-time Pro Bowl running back is taking part in San Francisco’s offseason workouts, arriving far earlier than usual to the Bay Area from his home in south Florida to get to work.
One game in, the San Francisco 49ers’ trip is already worth writing home about.