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SANTA CLARA – Running back Kendall Hunter, who sustained a season-ending torn ACL early in training camp, will return to the team for the 2015 season.
The 49ers signed Hunter to a one-year extension, the club announced Monday. Terms of his new contract were not immediately known.
Hunter’s original four-year, $2.437 million contract was set to expire at the end of the season. He was scheduled for unrestricted free agency.
Hunter’s return could soften the blow of the possible retirement of Marcus Lattimore, who the club selected in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.
The 49ers had hoped Lattimore would be able to make his first contribution to the team next season.
Hunter, 26, sustained the injury to his right knee early in training camp. In 43 career games, Hunter rushed for 1,202 yards on 262 rushing attempts for a 4.6-yard average with seven touchdowns.
Frank Gore is set to become a free agent at season's end, while rookie Carlos Hyde is currently the team's No. 2 running back.