Found October 10, 2011 on Niner Noise:
 Frank Gore started out the 2011 campaign with a chip on his shoulders, entering his contract year he wanted a new long term deal from the 49ers.  Gore sat out 3 days of training camp in protest and even voiced concerns over his preseason workload.  Gore also admitted his frustrations to the media, the situation was clearly on his mind.  Gore looked mostly sluggish in limited pre season work while the 49ers other running backs Kendall Hunter especially shined.The season’s first 3 weeks weren’t kind to Gore either as he managed less than 3 yards per carry and failed to surpass even 60 yards in any game.  Week 3 in Cincinnati saw rookie Kendall Hunter inserted into the game over Gore who rushed for a key Touchdown that put the 49ers over the top. Whispers about Gore losing a step, losing his burst through the holes, had the toll of several injuries and 6 years of being the 49ers bell cow slowed Gore down at 28 for good?  It seemed to many that legitimate concerns of Frank Gore’s abili...
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