Frank Gore Is Fine According To Harbaugh; Pick Up Kendall Hunter Anyway
The 49ers running back missed the second half of the Giants game
By: Athlon Sports | 11/14/11, 1:19 AM EST
Frank Gore, according to San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh is apparently "Fine" after suffering a knee injury against the New York Giants on Sunday.
The 49ers coach was emphatic that Gore will play next week, and the knee injury that kept him out of the majority of the second half is not serious. And that he wasn't put back in the game for precautionary reasons.
OK, fine, sounds great right? Hang on a second.
Gore, who has a history of injury problems that usually cost him anywhere from a couple of games to half a season is one of those fantasy players that always has owners waiting for the other shoe to drop.
But so far, this season has been different. Gore has been one of the most productive backs in the league, carrying the 49ers to an unbelievable 8-1 record. Harbaugh is all but assured of winnin coach of the year, and Frank Gore is in the discussions for MVP.
And while that's all well and good, every Frank Gore owner has wondered when the injury bug would hit. And when he didn't come back in the Giants game, everyone assumed the worst.
Whether Gore is actually fine and will be good to go next remains to be seen, but fantasy owners should pick up his more-than-capable backup, Kendall Hunter off waivers.
Hunter has proven himself to be a #1RB in waiting and he proved it by putting up 40 yards and a touchdown, to go along with one catch, in the game against New York.
And Hunter is worth owning even if Gore is 100%, because the 49ers have already openly discussed limting Gore's role to save on wear and tear leadign up to the playoffs.
And it makes sense. If history is any lesson, Gore can't take the weekly pounding he gets. Hunter is a rookie with fresh legs. And given the fact that the 49ers have all but wrapped up the NFC West with half the season to go, why not see what Kendall can do, while resting the most important player on your offense.
Go get Hunter, and I'd dare say he's worth a start next week against Arizona, no matter what Harbaugh or Gore say this week.
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