And so we've got the final injury report of the season. The 49ers are planning on using tomorrow's practice as the equivalent of their Friday practice due to the Christmas day off. However, it appears as though the injury report is set barring any last minute disasters (knock on wood).
The best news is that all the injured folks are probable. Mike Singletary said that Gore looked good in practice and seemed to be cutting well. We've beaten the issue to death here, but in case you missed it, Gore is 22 yards shy of 1,000, which is always a solid accomplishment, particular given the offensive struggles of the last few years. Coach Singletary was asked whether that statistic would factor into his decision for Gore to play:
It will not. It will not. I think the bottom line is he needs to talk to me and let me know how he feels because I want him to be fair to himself. I don’t want him to re-injure anything trying to get 1,000 yards. When he’s healthy, he’ll get more than his share of yards. I just want him to be smart about it, but he looked good today. Obviously, I’d be very happy. The offensive line, I think, is more excited than he is about him getting that. Hopefully he can do it, but if he can’t, I really want him to be smart – look at the longevity of the decision.
Even though it's the last game of the year, re-aggravating an ankle injury is not something you want to see. However, I have a feeling the extra week off from last week to this week will be just enough to get Gore out there on Sunday.
San Francisco 49ers
Probable - RB Frank Gore (ankle), C Eric Heitmann (abdomen), SS Michael Lewis (abdomen), FS Mark Roman (knee), OT Adam Snyder (ankle), LB Ahmad Brooks (back)
Probable - G Pete Kendall (knee)
Questionable - OT Jon Jansen (knee), DT Kedric Golston (ankle), LB London Fletcher (foot)