|Frank Gore will give it a go in Philly Sunday. (US PRESSWIRE)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
Despite initial reports that 49ers running back Frank Gore wouldn't play against the Eagles Sunday, NFL Network's Albert Breer tweeted at 10:30 a.m. ET that "There's Frank Gore warming up. He'll play this afternoon, [Question] is how ankle holds up over the course of the day." Kendall Hunter is still expected to start, however.
Gore, who is fresh off a new deal, has gotten off to a glacially slow start. In three games, he has 59 carries for 148 yards (2.5 average) and one touchdown, and his longest run from scrimmage is just 16 yards. In his previous six NFL seasons, Gore's lowest yards-per-carry average was 4.2 (2007, 2010), and he's gained fewer than 1,000 rushing yards just twice.
As recently as Thursday, Gore seemed uncertain of his playing fate, telling CSNBayArea.com's Matt Maiocco "I don't know, man," Gore said. "I really don't know. If I can't go, I can't go."
Whoever's in the backfield, Gore has faith they'll be able to run on the Eagles.
"I think it'll happen this week," Gore said. "Me, Kendall or Anthony Dixon, I think whoever's in there should have a pretty good game. Philly loves to get up the field. They're real fast. I just hope I'm in there. But if I'm not, I hope the next guy in there will do the job."
Gore's right; Philly's rush defense ranks 25th, according to Football Outsiders, although the 49ers aren't exactly their Bay Area counterparts, the Raiders, when it comes to running the ball. Football Outsiders ranks San Francisco 28th overall, and in addition to Gore's 2.5-YPC average, Hunter is averaging 2.7 yards per carry and Anthony Dixon has just one carry all season for six yards.
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