49ers running back Frank Gore’s 2010 season ended in Week Twelve due to a fractured right hip. Soon after the injury, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported that the hip fracture “shouldn’t be a long-term issue.”
To this point, all indications point to La Canfora’s report holding strong. Gore did not need surgery, and on Friday evening his agent provided a positive update on the Niners’ franchise back.
“I watched Frank Gore work out and he is 100% healthy and fully recovered from his hip injury,” Drew Rosenhaus tweeted. “He’s never looked better.”
The 49ers have developed solid depth behind Gore just in case. Second-year back Anthony Dixon showed promise and power off the bench as a rookie, and the team used a fourth-round pick on small-but-versatile prospect Kendall Hunter from Oklahoma State.
Though injuries have limited him to just one career 16-game season, Gore is averaging a robust 4.57 yards per carry over the past two seasons. He also excels as a receiving and blocking back.