49ers could see lot of Gore with Le'Veon likely out


The 49ers could see a lot of their old friend Frank Gore this Sunday against the New York Jets. 

Coach Adam Gase said Monday that Jets star running back Le'Veon Bell could be out a "couple of weeks." That would leave Gore, the longtime 49ers running back, as their lead ball carrier. 

Bell was held to just 14 yards rushing on six carries in the Jets' Week 1 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but he did haul in two receptions for 32 yards. He left early with a hamstring injury he sustained after a 30-yard catch. Gore, 37, led the Jets with 24 rushing yards on six carries. 

The 49ers took Gore in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he turned into a surprising star in San Francisco after tough knee injuries in college. Gore rushed for over 1,000 yards eight times in his 10-year career with the 49ers. Overall, he finished his 49ers career with 11,073 rushing yards and 64 rushing touchdowns. 

Gore's the 49ers' all-time leading rusher by a long shot. The fan favorite has continued his career with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and now the Jets since his last season as a 49er in 2014. His 15,371 career rushing yards have him third on the all-time rushing yards list, behind just Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith. 

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The 49ers saw quarterback Kyler Murray run all over them in their season-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but running back Kenyan Drake only totaled 60 rushing yards on 16 carries. 


Gore has rooted for the 49ers from afar even after playing for other teams. On Sunday, however, both teams are looking for their first win of the season and franchise icon will do whatever he can do get the J-E-T-S a victory.