Frank Gore told reporters earlier today that he suffered a concussion late in Monday's loss to Arizona and was still experiencing headaches, but minutes ago Mike Singletary insisted that was not the case. "Frank Gore is a football player. He does not know what a concussion is," Singletary said. "It may feel like a concussion. I talked to Fergie (trainer Jeff Ferguson) who is one of the finest trainers in the country." Singletary said that Gore instead had a neck strain.
Singletary said he did not know when Gore suffered the neck strain. During the final series of the game Monday, a 14-yard pass to Jason Hill, Gore was slow to get up. Singletary said that Gore "felt a little woozy, a little nauseous."
Asked who would play in place of Gore, who missed his second straight day of practice Thursday, should Gore not be available Sunday, Singletary refused to entertain the thought. "In all honesty, I don't want to go there. To me, he's going to play." Asked when that determination would be made, Singletary said, "Today. He's gonna play. As far as I know, he's gonna play."
****UPDATE 5:10 p.m.***** Gore just paid a visit to the media trailer to say that his injury was, in fact, a neck strain. He said his head was to the side when he collided with Cardinals defensive end Chike Okeafor. "It was a pretty good hit and I kind of had my neck in the wrong position," he said. Gore said the headache he complained of earlier today had gone away and that he expected to practice Friday.
-- Matt Barrows