49ers expect Gore to play against Cardinals


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.

27 responses to “49ers expect Gore to play against Cardinals

  1. Get better Fwank but no worries because Kendall Hunter is a beast in the Darren Sproles mold, as the league is beginning to find out.

  2. Why risk Frank in a meaningless game against AZ? Heck, put Kaepernick in at QB, and give the starting defense a break to. The Niners would probably still win by at least 30.

  3. cytofed says: Nov 14, 2011 6:22 PM

    Imagine this team with Rodgers at the helm. Again gotta thank Mike Nolan. hope is ego is getting smaller by the day.
    Thank Porky, I mean Mike McCarthy, for that whole deal. That guy deserves to lose a NFC Championship game at the hands of the the QB he drafted for the Niners…

  4. I don’t think it’s safe to look past the Cardinals like a lot of people seem to be doing. Yes, they have a losing record, but divisional games are always a little tougher and they gave both the Ravens (30-27) and the Giants (31-27) a run for their money. They’re very beatable but this isn’t the part of the season where you want to let the gas off or start taking other teams for granted.

  5. The Cards are by no means push over. They got beat by more than 5 points once this season. They are getting better every week. I am by no means saying that they are a playoff team now but they can very well beat San Fran this week. Especially if they stop the run game and make Smith beat them.

  6. n0hopeleft says:
    Nov 14, 2011 5:50 PM
    Gore = Soft

    Already breaking down, like every year of his career.


    not only is your opinion laughable, its wrong.

  7. @cytofed @nineroutsider

    Aaron Rodgers is sick. He’s playing out of his head right now, but I honestly don’t think he would this good had he been drafted by the Niners. I don’t yet believe we’ve seen the best of Alex Smith. I don’t think he’ll be as good as Aaron Rodgers, but can we agree he has improved 100% with good coaching?

  8. Tom Rathman and Harbaugh kept him on the sideline because they were confident in their back-ups carrying the load. I’m sure Gore could’ve played more against the Giants but they didn’t want to risk anything serious.

    Knowing how competitive Gore is, I’m assuming he will start and play against Arizona. He’ll probably receive limited practice time this week to keep him fresh.

  9. cytofed says: Nov 14, 2011 6:22 PM

    Imagine this team with Rodgers at the helm. Again gotta thank Mike Nolan. hope is ego is getting smaller by the day.


    If Aaron Rodgers was drafted to the 49ers he wouldn’t be as good as he is now.
    A-Rod had Brett Farve as a mentor. Alex Smith had Ken Dorsey, Tim Rattay, and Cody Picket as mentors. Yeah, enough said.

  10. We got ourselves a team here. This is why the niners are winning and the eagles are losing. They aint a team. Just a bunch of star players. Gore get well. Niners… Get ready for az. They are gonna want this one. Weve been whooping them the last few years. I want the packers!!!!!

  11. What’s the hurry Frank?
    Rest up your two bad ankles and one twisted knee.
    We would much rather risk losing a couple of regular season games than not having a fresh & healthy Gore for the playoff.

  12. Look every game is important. Especially with the Ravens and Steelers coming up over the next 5 weeks. We can I’ll afford injuries or losses. If GB loses to an opponent we beat and we win out the rest off the season, then the road to the SB goes through SF. Who would have thought anybody could make that comment with a strait face back in September? Coaching is king.

  13. after losing in a great, hard fought football game to the 9ers Sunday, 5 ny giants were in a club monday night where a man was shot and killed.

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