Harbaugh: Gore not 100-percent healthy

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Harbaugh: Gore not 100-percent healthy

SANTA CLARA -- There were a lot of questions for coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday, the day after the 49ers' 21-19 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.Harbaugh was short on answers, but he disclosed running back Frank Gore is banged-up.Gore's health was the reason he carried just 10 times for 72 yards on Sunday. Gore has not missed a game, but he has played through two ankle sprains this season. Gore has been the workhorse for the team with 234 rushing attempts this season for 1,054 yards. He also has 16 receptions."He's got some things," Harbaugh said. "He's not 100 percent. And we have other backs who got carries in the second half."Gore and Kendall Hunter had just three rushing attempts apiece in the second half. Gore had two rushes after he scored on a 37-yard touchdown run to open the second half.Harbaugh said the club has talked about using third-string running back Anthony Dixon in short-yardage and red-zone situations. When asked why it hasn't materialized, he answered, "Well, it hasn't."And that began Harbaugh on a thought about dealing with all the questions that arise after a loss, such as the one the 49ers sustained on Sunday."Hey, look, we know there are going to be criticisms," he began. "We know there are going to be 'Whys?' What happened? What took place? Why didn't you do this? Why didn't you do that? Why didn't you throw the ball here? Who's your go-to guy? We're not going to talk about it. We're going to talk about it to our players, to our team. And make a real effort as always do, every single day, this is what we do. We try to address problems and get them fixed. (They're) smart guys. We got those as coaches. We got those as players. And we work together to get it fix."We'll take on those problems. These are strong men. They're strong-willed men. They're smart men. And you confront them head on."You've raised the expectations bar with the 10-2 start, so that's part of the deal, isn't it?
"That's part of the deal," Harbaugh said. "There's no question about it. Our team won the division. You're the hunted now. You're not the hunter, as much. You got a target on your back. They want to beat you. That's raised. Not saying it wasn't like that before but that expectation, that bar, is raised. We're in a position that we're in. We got three games left and we control our destiny, in terms of making the playoffs, positioning, momentum, the best it can possibly be for us."You talk about the game. It was well-competed. I thought our guy was ready. They had an excellent week of practice. They fought very hard in this game. Made opportunities for our team to win this game. Never comes down to one thing. Never comes down to one player, one play call, one example. You have to fight through and overcome."Yes, there are things we're going to turn in (officiating questions to the league office) and ask about. Things when you look at and think that really changed the course of the game."Larry Grant gets called for a personal foul, roughing the passer, when he was cut and got back up and hit the quarterback. It looked to be in the thigh. OK, you understand how that could be called. We had the same things happen to Alex (Smith). On the pass right before the fake field goal. Defender gets cut, he gets back up and lunges into Alex's knee, no flag. All those things lead to big swings. That would've been a first down, we still had the ball. Larry's penalty gives them a first down, which leads to a touchdown. But it's not one thing. It's not one play, it's not one turn of events. Not one player, not one coach." Left tackle Joe Staley sustained his apparent concussion on the 49ers' first play of the game when his head hit the knee of Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell on an attempted cut block.Staley got up and was clearly woozy. But he remained the game for another seven snaps until he was shaken up again.When asked why Staley did not come out of the game immediately, Harbaugh said the sideline did not know Staley had sustained a head injury."He didn't realize how hurt he was," Harbaugh said. "You don't always know as a football player, how dinged up you are. . . . (The) player has to show signs he's hurt for the doctors and trained professionals to see that. It's got to be communicated by the player, and sometimes you don't know."Staley was spotted in the locker room, and he appeared to be in good spirits. Staley did not conduct his weekly radio show on 95.7 The Game. Alex Boone, who took over at left tackle on Sunday, filled in on the radio, too.

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."