Injury report: 49ers list four as questionable against Bills

Injury report: 49ers list four as questionable against Bills

Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks is listed as questionable for the 49ers’ game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills due to a groin injury, the team announced on Friday.

Brooks, who started the first five games of the season, has been limited at practices this week with the condition. Brooks leads the 49ers with two sacks.

Brooks is one of four players the 49ers listed as questionable for the game.

Cornerback Jimmie Ward was ruled out for a third consecutive game with a right quad strain. He was expected to be out four to six weeks from the time of his injury. He went down on Sept. 25 while covering a kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks.

First-round draft pick DeForest Buckner (foot) is in danger of missing his second consecutive game. He was injured late in the 49ers’ Oct. 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Buckner joins Brooks, defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (knee) and safety Jaquiski Tartt as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Tight end Vance McDonald is expected back after missing two games with a hip injury. The 49ers did not list McDonald on their injury report. In three games, McDonald has five receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns.

49ers injury report
CB Jimmie Ward (quadricep)

LB Ahmad Brooks (groin)
DT DeForest Buckner (foot)
DT Glenn Dorsey (knee)
S Jaquiski Tartt (quadricep)

Bills injury report
DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring)

Questionable LB Zach Brown (foot)
DT Corbin Bryant (ankle)
TE Charles Clay (knee)
T Cordy Glenn (ankle),\
T Cyrus Kouandjio (ankle)
C Patrick Lewis (knee)
P Colton Schmidt (right quadricep)
CB Corey White (shoulder)
S Aaron Williams (ankle)

Frank Gore returns home for his 14th NFL season


Frank Gore returns home for his 14th NFL season

Frank Gore is returning home to, in all likelihood, finish his professional football career.

Gore, 34, signed a one-year contract to enter his 14th NFL season with his hometown Miami Dolphins, the team announced Friday.

Gore grew up in Coconut Grove, Florida, and attended Coral Gables High School before playing collegiately at the University of Miami.

He played the first 10 NFL seasons with the 49ers and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher. Gore ranks fifth in NFL history with 14,026 rushing yards – just 75 yards behind No. 4 Curtis Martin.

After rushing for 11,073 yards and 64 touchdowns with the 49ers, the club declined to offer him a multi-year contract following the 2014 season. Gore played the past three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Gore remains one of the most popular players in 49ers history. When asked recently if he would be willing to “retire” as a member of the 49ers after his final game, Gore reacted enthusiastically about the possibility.

1, Emmitt Smith 18,355
2, Walter Payton 16,726
3, Barry Sanders 15,269
4, Curtis Martin 14,101
5, Frank Gore 14,026

49ers increase competition for starting guard positions


49ers increase competition for starting guard positions

The 49ers are the fifth team to give Jonathan Cooper a chance after he arrived in the NFL as the No. 7 overall pick of the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 draft.

Cooper, 28, caught the attention of the 49ers with his career-high 13 starts last season with the Dallas Cowboys. The 49ers signed him to a one-year, $4.95 million contract this week.

“We signed him to compete for one of the guard spots as a starter,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said Thursday at Stanford's pro day. “He played very well in our minds for Dallas last year and kind of resurrected his career. He’s battled injuries, but we really like the way he played, and we think he’s a very good fit for what we do. So we were pleased to add him.”

The 49ers plan to take it slowly this offseason with Cooper, who underwent surgery after tearing the medial-collateral ligament in his left knee during the final game of the season. The 49ers report for the offseason program in mid-April.

The 49ers are certain to have at least two new starters on the offensive line. Former New York Giants center Weston Richburg was signed to replace Daniel Kilgore, who was subsequently traded to the Miami Dolphins. Brandon Fusco, who started 16 games at right guard, signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an unrestricted free agent.

Laken Tomlinson has a chance to hold onto a starting job. Acquired shortly before the start of the regular season in a trade from the Detroit Lions, Tomlinson quickly moved into the starting lineup at left guard and started the final 15 games. Tomlinson was a first-round draft pick of the Lions in 2015.

“Laken played very well the longer he was there,” Lynch said. “I think people forget with Laken, he came here in Week 1. He was kind of force-fed. We didn’t have many options. But we saw a guy get better throughout the season. He’ll get his opportunity.”

Joshua Garnett, a first-round pick of the 49ers in 2016, spent last season on injured reserve due to an a knee injury sustained in training camp. The 49ers challenged Garnett to get in better physical condition. He has been cleared for football activity.

“Joshua Garnett has been working extremely hard, so he’ll be in that mix,” Lynch said. “He did a great job embracing the time he has last year to improve as a player. He remade his body and we're looking forward to see him get after it in the offseason.

“I think he’s excited about it. He’s feeling sexy, as he says.”

Erik Magnuson, 24, won a spot on the 49ers’ roster after signing as an undrafted rookie from Michigan. Magnuson could enter into the competition at guard. He displayed unique versatility in his first season, starting two games at right tackle before sustaining a season-ending foot injury. He can also serve as a backup center.

And, perhaps, the 49ers are not finished adding to the competition. The team owns the No. 9 overall selection, and Notre Dame’s Quenton Nelson could be on the radar in the unlikely event he is not selected within the top eight picks.

When asked if the 49ers could also add another player to the mix with a draft pick, Lynch answered, “We’ll see. We’re always looking to get better there.”