SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers agreed to an injury settlement Thursday with running back Kendall Hunter, who was placed on injured reserve when the team made its final cuts Sept. 5.
Hunter is now subject to waivers, where he could get picked up by another team. Otherwise, he becomes a free agent. The 49ers could re-sign Hunter at least six weeks after the end of his settlement with the team.
Hunter, 27, missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL early in training camp. It was his second significant leg injury in three seasons after tearing an Achilles midway through 2012. He returned to the field this summer and rushed for 36 yards on 17 carries (2.1-yard average) in the preseason.
Despite expecting Hunter's return this summer, the 49ers addressed the running back position in both the draft and free agency, taking Mike Davis in the fourth round this spring after signing Reggie Bush. Additionally, they added former Australian Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne, who was Carlos Hyde's primary backup in Monday's win over the Vikings after Bush went down with a first-quarter calf injury.
San Francisco drafted Hunter in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. His career high in carries came as a rookie, when he received 112 attempts for 473 yards rushing. In 43 career regular season games, Hunter had 1,202 yards on 262 carries and seven touchdowns for the 49ers.
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