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SANTA CLARA -– The 49ers on Thursday agreed on an injury settlement with running back Kendall Hunter, whom the club waived off injured reserve.
The move means if Hunter clears waivers he becomes a free agent and would be able to sign with any team. It also opens the door for the 49ers to re-sign Hunter in the second half of the season if he remains unsigned. The 49ers are not allowed to re-sign Hunter until at least six weeks after the end of the agreed-upon settlement. It is not known how many weeks the 49ers agreed to pay Hunter as part of the settlement.
The 49ers placed Hunter on injured reserve when the club made cuts to reach the 53-player maximum on Sept. 5. Hunter missed all of last season with a torn ACL. Hunter gained just 36 yards on 17 rushing attempts during the exhibition season before the 49ers placed him on IR.
Hunter, 27, appeared in 43 regular-season games mostly as Frank Gore’s primary backup. Hunter rushed for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns with a 4.6-yard rushing average. He also caught 27 passes for 268 yards.
The 49ers selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State. He appeared in just 12 games in 2011 due to a torn Achilles tendon. He returned in 2013 to rush for 358 yards while appearing in all 16 games.