SAN FRANCISCO -- 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh expects running back Frank Gore to play this weekend at Philadelphia despite a sprained right ankle that limited him in Sunday's victory at Cincinnati.
"Frank's status, in my mind right now, Frank is good to go," Harbaugh said in a conference call. "We'll plan, we'll scheme and prepare for this game with Frank, along with the rest of the players on this team."
Harbaugh said Gore was walking without a boot Monday, and the coach also referred to rookie Kendall Hunter as "the backup tailback" -- leaving little question that the veteran remains the guy, for now at least. Hunter ran 7 yards with 3:59 left Sunday for the game's only touchdown.
Gore received a new three-year, $21 million contract late last month.
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