Running back Kendall Hunter is expected to be out for the remainder season with an ankle injury he sustained in the third quarter of the 49ers' victory Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.The 49ers have yet to reveal the extent of Hunter's injury, but USA Today, citing a person informed of the prognosis for Hunter, reported that it is a season-ending injury.That likely means the 49ers will activate undrafted rookie Jewel Hampton to the 53-man roster.The 49ers had to make a roster move with Hampton, who was at the end of his three-week window after coming off the team's reservenon-football injury list. He underwent offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his left foot. Hampton is expected to add depth at running back, as well as be available to help on special teams.The loss of Hunter is a huge blow to the 49ers' offense. Hunter, a second-year pro, was the 49ers' second-leading rusher behind Frank Gore. Hunter gained 371 yards and two touchdowns on 72 rushing attempts for a 5.0 average.With Hunter out of action, Brandon Jacobs or Anthony Dixon is likely to be used as Gore's backup. The 49ers might activate rookie running back LaMichael James, as well.The 49ers have another roster spot to fill, as Kyle Williams sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament on the same play in which Hunter was lost.The 49ers already have five wide receivers, so there's not a need to add another. Instead, special teams is the area in which the 49ers are expected to turn for him. The club is expected to choose between practice-squad players safety Michael Thomas, linebacker Michael Wilhoite and receiver Ricardo Lockette for a spot on the 53-man roster.The 49ers will sign receiver Chad Hall to the practice squad, a league source told CSNBayArea.com on Tuesday.
Quinton Patton signed with the Jets on Thursday, the team announced.
The 49ers selected the wide receiver in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2013 draft.
He caught just three passes in each of his first two seasons in San Francisco.
In 2015, he registered 30 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown.
Last season, he recorded 408 receiving yards on 37 receptions.
In the 49ers Week 14 loss to the Jets, Patton caught four passes for 31 yards.
Patton visited New York last weekend.
Gerald Hodges is in search of a new team and he's looking at a division rival of the 49ers.
The unrestricted free agent is scheduled to visit the Seahawks on Wednesday, according to ESPN.
Acquired in October of 2015 from Minnesota for a sixth-round pick, the four-year pro played in 25 games over the past two seasons with the 49ers.
In his time with San Francisco, the former fourth-round pick recorded three sacks, two interceptions and one fumble recovery.
But he was not considered a fit for the new 49ers under general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan. Hodges was deactivated for a game late in the season at Atlanta for breaking team rules. He did not offer an explanation or apology.
The 49ers have signed three linebackers through two weeks of free agency: Malcolm Smith, Brock Coyle and Dekoda Watson.
Former 49ers and Vikings LB Gerald Hodges scheduled to visit Seahawks on Weds.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 22, 2017
Former Wash DT Ricky Jean Francois visiting Packers on Weds.