Frank Gore injury update: 49ers running back says he's ready to go Thursday for fantasy owners

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The 49ers running back says his knee injury won't keep him from starting against the Rams on Thursday. We discuss the fantasy implications.

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore says his left knee injury will not keep him out of his team's Week 4 game against the St. Louis Rams, according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News' Cam Inman. Though he was limited to just 11 carries in a Week 3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he finished the game with 82 yards and an average of 7.5 yards per carry.

Fantasy impact: Perhaps the bigger issue here is that Gore has only 20 carries over the last two weeks combined, and his performance in Week 3 caused him to reportedly have a few choice words for coach Jim Harbaugh. Gore has been a workhorse running back in the league for a long time, but Kendall Hunter is always a threat to take some carries. Considering Gore's stats over the last two years, it probably won't be happening as fast as people might have expected.

You can bet that Gore will be getting the ball more in Week 4 as the Rams were scorched by the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray for 175 yards and a touchdown in Week 3. That said, be sure to monitor Gore's workload over the next few weeks, if only just to make sure he's seeing the ball consistently.

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