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49ers release Kendall Hunter with injury settlement

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The San Francisco 49ers have parted ways with Kendall Hunter for the time-being. We break down the news of his injury settlement.

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The San Francisco 49ers have come to terms on an injury settlement with running back Kendall Hunter, according to the NFL's daily transaction report. The team placed him on injured reserve during roster cuts, but this move makes him a free agent. Hunter was working back from his torn ACL, and got into some action late in the preseason. He played in the finale, but seemed to have aggravated something.

We will be keeping an eye out for the injury settlement. The settlement will be for X amount of weeks, which means the 49ers will pay him that many weeks worth of his salary. They have to wait six weeks after that if they want to re-sign him. We saw the team reach a settlement with Desmond Bishop, although it seems unlikely Bishop would return.

Hunter on the other hand could still end up back on the roster down the road. If the injury is fairly limited, Hunter could be eligible to return to the 49ers by mid-season. Consider it a sort of injured reserve with return designation type of thing. Of course, Hunter also is eligible to sign with any other team immediately. It will be interesting to see if he lands somewhere sooner or later.