NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Saints signed veteran Kendall Hunter on Wednesday in the wake of yet another running back injury this week. They also promoted fullback Toben Opurum from their practice squad.
Those were the latest in a batch of moves that were previously reported (they also signed cornerback Tony Carter and officially placed running back Marcus Murphy and cornerback Damian Swann on injured reserve).
Hunter has not played in a NFL game since 2013. He tore his ACL during training camp with the San Francisco 49ers last summer and failed to crack their roster this year. Perhaps the Saints can continue their comeback success at the running back position after veteran Tim Hightower starred for them last week following three-plus years out of the league.
Hunter, 27, had 1,202 rushing yards, 268 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in three years with the 49ers from 2011-2013, a span that also included a torn Achilles late in the 2012 season. The 5-foot-7, 199-pounder also returned a total of 17 kickoffs during that span in a part-time role.
It’s unclear if the Saints see Hunter as a return man -- or perhaps his arrival could free up backup running back C.J. Spiller to serve as the kickoff and punt returner. Murphy was handling both roles until he suffered an ankle injury this past Sunday.
Hunter was a standout running back at Oklahoma State before being drafted in the fourth round by the 49ers in 2011.
Opurum, 25, has been with the Saints since joining their practice squad last December. He was on the active roster for one game in Week 1. The 6-1, 250-pounder likely will be used primarily on special teams.
The Saints also added receiver Shane Wynn to their practice squad.
Others who tried out for the Saints, according to ESPN's Field Yates: running back Isaiah Pead, receiver Damarr Aultman, defensive tackle Cleyon Laing, linebacker Dexter McCoil and defensive back Emanuel Davis.