He tore his Achilles in November of 2012 and has been rehabbing through the entire offseason. Hunter turned in a nice 2012, finishing with a 5.2 yards-per-carry average on the season in 11 games. He is expected to be Frank Gore's backup heading into the season.
Fantasy impact: Achilles injuries are very tough to overcome -- especially for running backs. If Hunter is able to give it a go in Week 1, that will give him nine months since the injury, which is right in the middle of the expected rehab of 8-12 months. If he comes back to pre-injury form, Hunter should see a handful of carries while Frank Gore is healthy and he would likely assume the starter's role should Gore miss time. He's a decent handcuff to take late in drafts and this news hurts LaMichael James' value as a runner while he'll be the team's primary return man.