The San Francisco 49ers have a solid trio of running backs in Frank Gore, Marcus Lattimore and Carlos Hyde. Despite that, the 49ers have found themselves with some depth issues at the position in training camp.
While those three running backs would be enough for the regular season, they need bodies in camp for practices and preseason games to protect those players for the regular season. So when Kendall Hunter tore his ACL and LaMichael James dislocated his elbow, the 49ers were all of a sudden lacking depth.
James injury is expected to keep him out four weeks.
To address that need, the 49ers move to sign running back Alfonso Smith, formerly of their NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals.
From San Jose Mercury News:
The 49ers addressed their injury-riddled running back corps Monday by agreeing to terms with former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith, according to a league source.
With the Cardinals, Smith was primarily a pass-protecting back on third downs and a core special-teams player.
Smith also announced the signing on Twitter and Instagram.
I'm a Niner Babeeeeee! http://t.co/RkDQeu7tYc
— Alfonso Smith † (@FonzoRB29) July 28, 2014