Frank Gore closing in on No. 4 all-time in rushing

Frank Gore has long been removed from the San Francisco 49ers ,
but Niners Nation is still a big Frank Gore house. We were high on him when he
went to the Indianapolis Colts, and we’re still going to be checking on him in
2018 with his new team, the Miami Dolphins. Gore is no longer the bell cow he
was, as he’s splitting carries with Kenyan Drake, but he was still productive
with his nine carries, getting 61 yards. This now puts him at 14,087 yards. Gore
needs 15 more yards to pass Curtis Martin for No. 4 all-time on the rushing
leaderboard. That shouldn’t be difficult and can be accomplished in Week 2 when
the Dolphins face the New York Jets. Given Martin’s history with the Jets, it
would be fitting to happen against them.Once he gets the No. 4 spot locked up
next week, Gore has Barry Sanders (15 San Francisco
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,269), Walter Payton (16,726), and Emmitt Smith
(18,355) in front of him. Smith and Payton might both be out of the question
given where Gore’s career is at in relation to his age, but Barry Sanders may be
a distant (very large distance) possibility depending on how good Gore can
finish out his career. It’s a longshot, but Gore is almost immortal — he just
doesn’t call it quits.Richard Sherman says calf injury is a couple weeks issue
The San Francisco 49ers will likely be without cornerback Richard Sherman on
Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, but anything after that is up in the
air. Sherman met with the media on Thursday and said, “I strained my calf in the
game. It’s much as if you strain anything else. It’s a couple weeks and I’ll be
back out there.” He said he will probably be missing this weekend San Francisco
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, but did not think missing anything beyond that was a
certainty yet.The media inquired about whether or not the injury is related to
his Achilles injury. Sherman said it is not relate to that, but the rust of not
playing for the past eight months.The 49ers will be sending out Jimmie Ward and
Ahkello Witherspoon on Sunday against a wide receiver corps that includes Keenan
Allen, Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, and Travis Benjamin. These guys are no
slouches getting down the field by any stretch, but this is more about size than
speed compared to last week against the Kansas City Chiefs. The 49ers have gone
for more physical cornerbacks, and Sunday will present a different kind of
challenge from last week, but still critically important.
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