The San Francisco 49ers sustained a blow when backup running back Kendall Hunter suffered a torn ACL during Friday’s practice.
Still, there are a couple of Niners players that will benefit from Hunter’s absence, specifically the team’s running backs previously behind Hunter on the depth chart.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com speculates that one of those players, LaMichael James, locked up a roster spot due to Hunter’s injury.
James’ spot on the roster appears virtually assured now. He appears to be the team’s most reliable return man. And, now, he moves up a spot on the team’s depth chart at running back.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee took it a step further and suggested that James is now the front-runner for the backup job, not decorated rookie running back Carlos Hyde.
Now James finds himself as perhaps the team’s No. 2 option on the third day of training camp. (…) Another challenger, Marcus Lattimore, has had a staggered start to training camp and is still not healthy enough to join practices.