Frank Gore doesn’t practice Tuesday
Two of the 49ers’ three tailbacks are hurting as the club enters the homestretch of its season.
Veteran Frank Gore, who suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss at Seattle, did not practice Tuesday as he goes through the league-mandated protocol, per Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com.
Furthermore, rookie Carlos Hyde (back/ankle) wasn’t spotted on the field at the outset of practice, Maiocco said. The 49ers (7-7) host the Chargers on Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium.
If Gore and/or Hyde are out, veteran Alfonso Smith would likely be in line for more work. The club also has first-year back Kendall Gaskins on the practice squad.
The 49ers seemed to have enviable tailback depth entering 2014. However, that depth has been slowly chipped away. First, fourth-year pro Kendall Hunter suffered a season-ending ACL tear in July. Then, third-year back LaMichael James was released in September. Later, Marcus Lattimore ended his two-season comeback from serious knee injuries.