Niners RB Frank Gore tested his gimpy right ankle against the Vikings today, but after a brief appearance, he wasn’t able to continue. It now appears Gore might miss some significant time.
NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Gore is suffering from a high ankle strain and likely will miss at least the next two games, according to a league source. The hope is that he could return after the 49ers’ Week 6 bye.
“It happened,” coach Mike Singletary said following the game. “But I had every bit of confidence in Glen Coffee going into the game and did not blink.”
Gore limped off the field after his only carry of the game, a 4-yard run on the first play of the 49ers’ second series. He later was carted off the sideline to the locker room, and X-rays revealed no broken bones, according to the team.
Gore had been limited in practice during the week after injuring the ankle late in last week’s game against the Seahawks, and he was listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Rookie RB Glen Coffee carried the load with Gore out, rushing for 54 yards on 25 carries.