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January 21, 2014
Frank Gore to have 'minor' surgery on his finger

Running back Frank Gore, who had a typically rough outing in Seattle on Sunday and who shared carries with Kendall Hunter in the second half, will have "minor" surgery on his finger, a league source said today. Gore carried the ball 11 times against a Seattle defense geared to stop him, and he gained 14 yards. His 1.3-yards per carry was his second-lowest of the season; he averaged 1.1 yards a run on 13 carries in the season finale against Arizona.

However, Gore and Colin Kaepernick hooked up on a critical fourth-and-2 pass for 17 yards on the team's final drive. That catch got the 49ers into Seahawks territory just before the 2-minute warning. Gore attended an autograph-signing session Monday evening at which news of a hand injury first was revealed.

Gore is one of several 49ers who will get offseason surgery. That list includes linebacker NaVorro Bowman, who will have his left ACL repaired one his MCL tear heals. Defensive end Ray McDonald will have his torn biceps tendon reattached. Guard Mike Iupati does not need surgery on his broken fibula.

-- 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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