Gore hopes to see Bears at their best

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Gore hopes to see Bears at their best

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore hobbled out of Candlestick Park on Sunday, showing the signs of a player who was willing to do anything to prevent the 49ers from losing to the St. Louis Rams."Whatever it takes to try to get a win," said Gore, who rushed for 97 tough yards and one touchdown on 21 attempts in the 49ers' 24-24 tie.REWIND: Tie game leaves Gore feeling sore
He underwent X-rays on his ribs and right hand, but checked out fine. This week, he is back to work and does not expect to miss any practice time leading up to the 49ers' game Monday night against the Chicago Bears."I'm all right. I'm cool," Gore said Wednesday. "I just have sore ribs, a bruised hand. It's football. (I) ran around (Wednesday). (I'll) be ready for Monday."And Gore said he hopes the Bears are ready, too.Quarterback Alex Smith, who was cleared to practice Wednesday, is expected to be back in the 49ers' lineup after exiting Sunday with a second-quarter concussion. But the status of Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is not as clear.NEWS: Cutler not yet cleared
Cutler also sustained a concussion. The Bears, who had only two quarterbacks on their 53-man roster, prepared for the possibility Cutler will not be available with the re-signing of veteran Josh McCown, who spent the training camp of 2011 with the 49ers.Veteran Jason Campbell will get the start if Cutler is not cleared. And that's a scenario Gore said he wishes does not happen."I hope Cutler plays," Gore said. "It'll be a good game. We want their best. I want Cutler to play. It looks like a playoff game. They have a great record. They're 7-2, we're 6-2-1. Two good teams. Monday night, everybody will be watching."We want their best shot. They're coming off a big loss and we (expletive) tied. Two good teams, and we'll see how it goes on Monday."REWIND: 49ers not sure how to feel after 24-24 tie
Monday's game will determine which team takes the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs into the final six weeks of the regular season. The Atlanta Falcons (8-1) currently sit atop the NFC race.

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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