CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers runs through the line as Leon Hall #29 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes the tackle at Paul Brown Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. San Francisco defeated Cincinnati 13-8. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

49ers Injury Report: Frank Gore, Donte Whitner Both Expected To Play On Sunday

We take a look at the news surrounding Frank Gore's ankle injury and whether he will play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. For more on the Gore and the 49ers, check out Niners Nation.

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49ers Injury Report: Braylon Edwards Still Struggling With Injury, Donte Whitner To Play Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers are dealing with multiple injuries right now, from wide receiver Braylon Edwards to safety Donte Whitner. The team will likely have Whitner back for Sunday's road contest against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco.

Whitner injured his hip during the first quarter of Sunday's 13-8 win against the Cincinnati Bengals and will be one to watch during 49ers practice this week. The sixth-year safety has expressed his desire to play on Sunday, and it looks like he should do just that barring any setbacks in practice this week.

Edwards, meanwhile, has struggled with a knee injury that has kept him out for most of the early part of the season. He had a little procedure done last week and is expected to be out for a few more weeks. According to Maiocco, Edwards could be back at the end of October for the team's Oct. 30 game against the Cleveland Browns. That date suggests that the 49ers will be without Edwards for three more games (against the Eagles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Detriot Lions).

Despite Edwards' absence, the 49ers should be fine this coming week against the Eagles if they can get a healthy Frank Gore. Gore suffered a right ankle injury during the first half of Sunday's game but should be good to play on Sunday. Check back with SB Nation Bay Area over the next few days for more injury news on all of these players and more as Week 4 draws closer.


Frank Gore Injury: 49ers RB Should Be "Good To Go" For Saturday, Says Jim Harbaugh

Hey all. I feel we've discussed this before, but Frank Gore got hurt on Sunday and had to sit out a bit. Kendall Hunter had to come in and play a few snaps, and he ended up with a pretty positive result--scoring a touchdown! But Hunter has barely any experience and Gore's the man! Therefore Niners fans are panicking (kind of)!

The San Francisco 49ers don't see what the problem is with Frank Gore's injury though. Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that Jim Harbaugh had this to say on the Sunday press conference call.

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh says of Frank Gore (right ankle): "Frank's status is, in my mind right now, Frank is good to go."

Gore being ready to go could be crucial since the Eagles are probably vulnerable against the rush. On the other hand, the Niners are probably vulnerable running the football. Neither team is particularly good at that aspect of the game, so something has to give. One thing 49ers fans don't want to think about is Alex Smith having to attempt pass after pass after pass just to keep the offense afloat, because that's been a recipe for disaster in the past.

For more on San Francisco football, check out Niners Nation.


49ers Injury Report: Frank Gore (Right Ankle) & Donte Whitner (Hip)

The San Francisco 49ers suffered a few injuries in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Bengals to critical players. It's uncertain if the injuries will be super serious, but they'll be something to keep your eye out this week.

Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports that Frank Gore suffered a right ankle injury and played hurt through the entire second half, and his status for next week's game is uncertain. If Gore cannot go on Sunday, that will mean more snaps for Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon. Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee got some quotes from Gore.

"I couldn't be myself," Gore said. "Some of the runs, I couldn't make the cut I wanted to make. Hopefully, I get better this week." Gore said he'd have to see how the ankle felt Monday before determining whether he'd be available to play Sunday in Philadelphia.

Gore has handled the majority of the snaps this year, but is averaging a feeble 2.5 rushing yards per carry and only has put up 148 yards through two games. Hunter has been the backup ball-carrier, but hasn't been much better, averaging 2.7 ypc and has 30 yards so far. Dixon has only one carry on the season for six yards, but you'd figure his playing time would increase with Gore's absence.

Barrows also reports that Donte Whitner injured his hip on a pass breakup in the end zone in the first quarter. Whitner's injury shouldn't hold him out of next week's game against Philadelphia.

To discuss the 49ers, head to Niners Nation.

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