Running back Frank Gore missed his second straight practice Thursday with a sprained ankle. Gore, who’s fifth in the NFL with 1,345 total yards from scrimmage, still hopes to be in the lineup when the 49ers (5-8) go for their fourth win in five games against the Miami Dolphins.
He was injured in last week’s win over the New York Jets when a pile of players fell on his leg while he strained for a first down. He was on crutches until Tuesday. Gore, a Coral Gables native who played at the University of Miami, has been looking forward to the trip for months, arranging tickets for dozens of friends and relatives.
“It’s very frustrating, not just because we’re going there, but because we’re playing a game, period,” Gore said. “I want to be out there with my teammates. These last few weeks have been going pretty good. I feel that we’re on a roll. Going down there and playing a Miami team who’s got a chance to go to the playoffs, I want to be a part of that when we beat them.”
If Gore can’t play, DeShaun Foster is likely to start for the 49ers.