Found November 15, 2011 on NBC Bay Area:
Running back Frank Gore has a sore left ankle and a sore right knee, but 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters Monday he believes Gore will be able to play Sunday vs. the Arizona Cardinals. And if he can’t – or if he needs relief – Harbaugh says the Niners are ready for that, too. “I would plan on (Gore) playing, but you just feel right now, well, we’ve got a stable of backs,” he told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, indicating Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon are on standby. “This bodes well for our football team.” What also bodes well is the continuing solid performance of quarterback Alex Smith. In Sunday’s victory over the Giants – with Gore injured – it was Smith’s second-half play  that kept San Francisco moving. As Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reported, Harbaugh said Monday that Harbaugh awarded a game ball to Smith for his “cold-blooded throws,” scrambling ability and passing accuracy. Though some have discounted Smith’s skills and referred to him as just a

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