The 49’ers caught a bad break in practice on Monday, as franchise running back Frank Gore suffered a break on the top of his hand during a non-contact drill before the teams interasquad scrimmage. The team announced that Gore will have to miss the first part of preseason. The good news right now is that the injury does not appear serious enough to stop Gore from being on the field opening day September 9th.
The team will now get a shot to look at some of Gore’s backups, which include Michael Robinson, Maurice Hicks and rookie Thomas Clayton. Last season Gore was the biggest offensive weapon for San Francisco, as he ran for 1695 yards in 16 games, averaging 5.4 yards per carry. He ran for 8 touchdowns, and caught 61 passes for another 485 yards and 1 TD. As long as Gore is back in time to get some reps for the start of the regular season, he is expected to have another big season in the 9’ers offense.