The San Francisco 49ers picked up a huge win over the New York Giants on Sunday to improve to 8-1 on the season, but for most of the second half they were without their star running back Frank Gore who left with a knee injury in the third quarter.
Gore, who entered the contest just 149 yards shy of Joe Perry for #1 on the teams all-time career rushing list, was mainly ineffective – he managed 0 yards on six carries – due to an existing ankle injury that limited his play in the previous week’s practice. In Gore’s absence, Kendall Hunter came in to take over the run-game workload, providing more effective ground-offense in the second half.
Following the game, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was emphatic that the knee injury that kept Gore out of the majority of the second half is not serious and that his star player would suit up for next week’s match against the Arizona Cardinals.
In addition, Gore indicated in a post-game interview that his position coach Tom Rathman had been primarily holding him back to avoid further aggravation.
“Someone twisted me up,” Gore said. “I felt like I could have played.”
Before the game, Gore was on pace to surpass his 2006 career high of 312 carries. For up-to-date information on Frank Gore’s injury status, head over to Niners Nation.
via SB Nation