Not to pat myself on the back too hard, but my prediction yesterday -- that Frank Gore would be listed as questionable for Sunday's game -- proved correct. Coach Mike Nolan originally had listed Gore as probable but changed the designation shortly after Friday's practice. That doesn't necessarily mean the running back has taken a step back. He went through his second straight limited practice on his injured right ankle, and afterward said he thought he'd be ok to play against the Saints.
As for other injuries, Jonas Jennings, Darrell Jackson and Keith Lewis are all doubtful. Jennings has a high-ankle sprain, which means he could be out for a while. Adam Snyder will fill in at left tackle on Sunday and Kwame Harris will be the back-up at both tackle positions. Ashley Lelie will fill in for Jackson at receiver. Bryan Gilmore will be the No. 3 receiver and rookie Jason Hill could also suit up for the game.
Other odds and ends:
* Alex Smith won't throw on Saturday in order to rest his shoulder. He'll also curtail his pre-game routine, which usually involves warming up three hours before the game. He doesn't want to tire out his still-recovering arm.
* Jim Hostler again will call the offensive plays from the coach's booth. Nolan said he'd probably remain there all season.
* Observed today in the locker room: Larry Allen wearing the Helix High School basketball jersey of Bill Walton. Size Xtra Massive. Sunday, of course, will be the rematch of former Helix grads, Reggie Bush and Alex Smith.
-- Matt Barrows