SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore did not take part in 49ers practice Wednesday as he recovers from a right knee bruise.Gore, who was wearing sweatpants and his red jersey top, watched the 49ers' individual drills but did not participate. The knee bruise sidelined him for most of the second half of the 49ers' win Sunday against the New York Giants. Gore gained no yards on six rushing attempts Sunday in the 49ers' 27-20 victory over the Giants.
Gore told CSNBayArea.com on Monday that he was fine and did not require an MRI examination. Gore entered the Giants game with an ankle sprain that limited him in practice last week.
Earlier in the day, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he believed Gore would be available to practice Wednesday.Defensive end Justin Smith did not participate in warmup drills, either. Smith has been held out of practice the past two Wednesdays to give the 11-year veteran another day to recover from playing every snap in the games.Everybody else was suited up for the 49ers' one padded practice of the week, including linebacker Patrick Willis, who was spotted Monday with an ice pack wrapped to his ribs.
SANTA CLARA -- Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was limited in Thursday’s practice due to a shoulder sprain, started the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday night against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium.
Foster played 20 snaps and recorded one tackle before the 49ers’ first-team defense was removed in the second quarter.
There were some concerns when Foster was included on the 49ers’ pre-practice injury report Thursday with an injury to his surgically repaired shoulder. But the 49ers said the injury was not related to the torn rotator cuff he sustained for Alabama in the national semifinal game against Washington.
NaVorro Bowman, who was removed from practice Thursday with a similar shoulder condition, also started and played every snap alongside Foster. Bowman was credited with two tackles.
With Foster and Bowman on the field, the Broncos totaled just 63 yards of total offense.
NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.
The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.
He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him for the upcoming season.
The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading "#imwithkap."
One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film, "Serpico."
He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.
"He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," said the now 81-year-old Serpico.
Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.
"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues," he said.