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SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers on Monday waived/injured running back Kendall Hunter, who sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during the second day of training camp.
Hunter, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, is subject to the waiver wire. In the likely event Hunter is not claimed, he will automatically revert back to the 49ers’ injured-reserve list. Hunter does not count against the 49ers' 90-man roster.
There is no reason for another team to claim him and pay his $645,000 salary for the season, other than to have exclusive negotiating rights for Hunter until the opening of free agency next March. Hunter is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next spring.
General manager Trent Baalke said recently he would like to re-sign Hunter.
Rookie Carlos Hyde is the likely candidate to replace Hunter as the 49ers’ backup running back behind starter Frank Gore. LaMichael James (dislocated elbow) is expected to be ready for the opening of the regular season.