The 49ers didn’t get a lot out of Frank Gore in their win over the Giants on Sunday, but they expect their top running back to play against Arizona.
Gore carried the ball six times for zero yards in the first half and then spent most of the second half on the sideline after injuring his right knee. Gore has also been battling an ankle injury for a few weeks, which meant Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon carried the load while he was out of the game. Hunter had a 17-yard touchdown run, but the Niners mostly relied on Alex Smith’s arm to beat the Giants.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that he plans on playing Gore in Week 11, but also hinted that there is an MRI in the running back’s future to rule out any serious damage to the knee.
“He’ll get it checked on, yeah,” Harbaugh said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle. “Spare no expense checking on Frank.”
While the 49ers would obviously like a full strength Gore in the backfield, Sunday’s win proved to them that they can succeed offensively when they don’t get a big game from the tailback. Gore’s five-game streak of 100-plus rushing yards came to an end, but San Francisco extended their winning streak to seven games anyway.