UPDATE No. 2: Gore’s return to action turned out to be brief. The 49ers announced in the third quarter that the running back is done for the evening with a hip injury. Gore had runs of 25 and 15 yards on San Francisco’s opening possession, but went out later in the drive. He returned for two plays in the second quarter before exiting for good.
UPDATE No. 1: That injury could be filed under “false alarms.” Gore returned later during the first quarter for the 49ers. However, we’ll see how much of an impact the injury has on Gore the remainder of the night. He clearly isn’t 100 percent, and seems likely be in and out of the game.
Frank Gore is the workhorse of the 49ers’ offense. As Gore goes, usually the 49ers go as well.
So it wasn’t good a sight for the 49ers when Gore jogged off the sideline and into the locker room midway through the first quarter of Monday night’s game against the Cardinals. The 49ers announced Gore has a hip injury and is questionable to return.
Without Gore, little-used Brian Westbrook could be in line for the bulk of the carries for the 49ers. The only other running back on the active roster tonight is Anthony Dixon.
The 49ers offense did show some signs of life without Gore when Troy Smith hit Michael Crabtree for a 38-yard touchdown on the first play of the team’s second possession.