Former Oklahoma State and current San Francisco reserve running back Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL on Saturday in the second day of 49ers training camp and is expected to miss the 2014 season.
The team confirmed the injury occurred in a non-contact drill while catching a swing pass. His knee buckled and he landed awkwardly on the turf before being surrounded by teammates and coaches. He was able to leave the field under his own power but it was later discovered that the severity of the injury is believed to be season ending.
Unfortunately, Hunter is no stranger to significant setbacks on the injury front. He tore his Achilles tendon in November 2012 and was lost for the year. He also missed a significant portion of his junior year at OSU with lingering leg injuries.
Hunter rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns last season and has been a valuable role player for San Francisco when he’s been healthy since he was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 draft.
The Tyler, Texas native was a two-time All-American for the Cowboys, highlighted by first-team All-America honors as a sophomore after leading the Big 12 with 1,555 yards and 17 total touchdowns on 6.5 yards per carry in 2008. His senior season was similar, earning consensus All-America honors with 1,548 yards and 16 scores, finishing as a finalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top back.
This will be the final year of Hunter’s contract with San Francisco.