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November 14, 2008
Gore to practice; Walker, Roman say they're iffy *updated*

Frank Gore plans to practice later this afternoon and says he'll be OK for Sunday's game against the Rams, who, by the way, rank 30th in stopping the run. Gore's been getting ice and massage treatment for his jammed neck, which seemed to have loosened up since the early part of the week. He demonstrated by rolling his neck from side to side and up and down for reporters. Gore said he felt his body go numb immediately after the crack-back block on which the injury occurred. The speculation is that that numbness was still affecting him when he stumbled on the penultimate play of the game, falling shy of the end zone and the potentially game-winning score.

Safety Mark Roman, who's been battling a groin injury since the Giants game Oct. 19, was noncomittal when asked if he would play. Roman missed yesterday's practice and said he did not know if he'd play today. If he can't go Sunday, Keith Lewis probably start at free safety because Dashon Goldson (knee) already has been ruled out. Donald Strickland and Marcus Hudson also play safety in a pinch. *update* Roman was limited in practice and officially is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Delanie Walker suffered a shoulder stinger while making a block Monday and the areas has stiffened since. It's the same (right) shoulder that caused him to miss a big chunk of his rookie season. Walker said he would be a game-time decision ...*update* Walker did not practice and officially is listed as doubtful

In addition, tackle Barry Sims (foot) was limited in practice and is doubtful for Sunday.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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