The San Francisco 49ers activated RB Kendall Hunter off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on Saturday. Hunter has fully recovered from a torn left Achilles tendon injury he suffered nearly nine months ago. According to reports from Niners camp, Hunter has looked great while participating in drills.
Hunter will likely assume the role of backup to Frank Gore, the Niners lead running back. With the addition of Hunter back on the roster, San Francisco has one of the deepest backfields in the NFL, something which might help to offset their ailing wide receiving corps.
Anthony Dixon was the leading rusher for the Niners this weekend against the Denver Broncos as he and second-year back LaMichael James both rushed for 27 yards. Dixon looked solid in his second half audition and given the fact that he is a special teams standout, likely will make the final roster. Dixon added 18 yards on three receptions.
Hunter suffered his injury on October 25 while playing against the New Orleans Saints. At that point, the Oklahoma State standout had rushed for 371 yards and an impressive 5.2 yards per carry average.