The 49ers have waived running back Kendall Hunter with the waived/injured designation. If he clears waivers he will be placed on injured reserve.
Hunter tore his ACL last week. Placing him on injured reserve opens up a roster spot for San Francisco, but because it is the preseason, Hunter must pass through waivers before he can go on IR.
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Last week, the Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney after he was waived/injured by the Panthers. However, as ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio points out, there isn't much incentive for a team to claim Hunter, given that he will be a free agent by the time he is healthy.
The 49ers have six other running backs on their roster: Frank Gore, Jewel Hampton, rookie second-round pick Carlos Hyde, LaMichael James, Alfonso Smith and Marcus Lattimore, who is on the active/non-football injury list.
- Dan Gartland