49ers Kendall Hunter (ankle) done for the season
By Kareem Copeland
Published: November 27, 2012 at 1:18 PM
The San Francisco 49ers will be without Kendall Hunter for the rest of the season, a source told USA Today. The running back injured his left ankle in a win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Hunter provided a quality backup and change of pace for Frank Gore. He had 371 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries in 2012.
Hunter's absence will provide an opportunity for a back that has been pining for a chance. Rookie LaMichael James and Brandon Jacobs have both been eager for more opportunities. Jacobs, the two-time Super Bowl winner with the Giants, has been the vocal one of the two. James hasn't been active for a single game.
The 49ers are a run-first offense and the combination of Gore and Hunter was no joke. Hunter rushed for 473 yards as a rookie in 2011. The 49ers enjoyed the luxury of being able to spell Gore, who is currently No. 6 on the active career rushes list. One of those backs needs to step up.
Jacobs has been begging for a chance. Now he has to prove worthy of one.
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