In a tweet post on Saturday Frank Gore’s super agent Drew Rosenhaus said the running back is fully recovered or as he described it, “perfect” since injuring his hip late last season. Whenever Rosenhaus talks about one of his players he tends to over exaggerate what it is he is talking about. However this time I hope he is right and Gore will back to full strength for the upcoming season.
Gore is entering his final year of his contract with the 49ers. As in any sport a player without a contract beyond the upcoming year usually results in a career year, but should we expect that with Gore? A hip injury to a running back that is 28 years old, 28 might be youthful to me and you but not in the NFL world, should be a cause of concern for the 49ers. Gore had a history of injuries even before he injured his hip and he wants to showcase not only to the 49ers but to all NFL teams that he can still be a reliable running back. So don’t expect the workhorse mentality that Gore has carried over the years to stop this season especially in a final year of a contract.
Part of the reason for Gore being used so much during his career is because the 49ers have not given him an adequate backup the team feels comfortable with taking over. Five seasons after Gore became the starting running back for the 49ers there are still not any adequate backs to take over for Gore. Are comfortable with second-year player Anthony Dixon? How about rookie Kendall Hunter? I didn’t think so.