Record within reach for Gore


Record within reach for Gore

Sunday against Cleveland, Frank Gore has the opportunity to put together his fourth consecutive game with 100 yards rushing, something hes never done in his career.

I would love for that to happen, Gore said shaking his head and smiling. But I really havent been thinking about what I do. Just thinking as long as keep winning. First time in this situation, and Im very happy. I just want to keep it going.

Expect a big dose of No. 21 against the Browns. In six games, Cleveland has allowed two backs to run over the century mark -- the Bengals' Cedric Benson (121 yardsTD) and the Titans' Chris Johnson (101 yards). The Browns' rushing defense ranks 19th in the league. But their passing defense is stingy, ranked second best and allowing only 172 yards per game.

Their corners are doing a phenomenal job of coverage. Safeties are very active and always in the right spot, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. They are the kind of defense that if youre going to score, do it in 12 plays. They try to put the pressure back on you to execute.

While their passing offense continues to develop, executing the run game is something the 49ers have done quite well. San Francisco has averaged 193.3 rushing yards a game over the last three games. Gore has 394 yards and three touchdowns during that same time frame, and is set to do much, much more.

Only the third player to rush for more than 6,000 yards in team history, the 28-year-old is on pace to take over the top spot on the 49ers' all-time rushing list. With 110 yards more he will pass Roger Craig (7,064 yards) for second place. Another 390 yards more and he takes the top spot from Joe Perry (7,344 yards). Its more than reasonable to think Gore will become the teams most prolific running back before the end of the regular season, but for right now, hes not looking past Sunday.

When you watch film on the Browns they are very disciplined against the run, Gore said. It's going to be a good test for us. I feel as long as we go out there and do what we're supposed to do, I think we'll be fine in the running game.

49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured


49ers designate two linebackers waived/injured

SANTA CLARA – The 49ers are expected to replenish their linebacker to help the team get through upcoming practices and their final three exhibition games.

The 49ers on Wednesday created two roster spots to sign replacements, as the team designated linebackers Donavin Newsom and Jayson DiManche as waived/injured.

General manager John Lynch said the designation was a formality for Newsom, who will revert back to the 49ers after clearing waivers. Newsom will remain under contract to the 49ers after going on injured reserve.

“He’s doing better each day,” Lynch said. “We’re going to put him on injured reserve. It will come across the wire procedurally as a waived-injured, but he’s going to be on injured reserve. And talking with our doctors, he got great care up here at Stanford. It’s the best thing for the kid. Give him time to really get right. So, (I) had a good talk with him this morning.”

Newsom, an undrafted rookie from Colorado, sustained a serious concussion on Aug. 8 and was taken by ambulance off the practice field to Stanford Hospital. He spent two nights in the hospital as a precaution.

DiManche was signed last week and participated in seven plays on defense and 15 on special teams before sustaining a hamstring injury in the 49ers’ exhibition opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. Newly signed linebacker Sean Porter sustained a quadriceps injury in the game against the Chiefs and has also not been available to practice.

Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’


Von Miller calls 49ers’ Trent Brown 'the best right tackle in the NFL’

Von Miller has 73.5 sacks to his name over six seasons in the NFL. He's a five-time Prow Bowl linebacker, three-time All-Pro, Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP. 

Trent Brown has played 21 games in two NFL seasons for the 49ers, 18 of them as starts. Despite his little time in the NFL and lack of honors, the Broncos' defensive star sees San Francisco's young offensive lineman as the best in the game at his position.

“He’s the best right tackle in the National Football League,” Miller said to the San Francisco Chronicle Wednesday after the first of two joint practices with the 49ers. “And he may even be a top-five tackle, period, in the National Football League. There’s not another tackle who’s that tall, that big and can move he way he moves.”

Brown, at 24 years old and standing 6-foot-8 while weighing 355 pounds, was the only offensive lineman invited to Miller's "Pass Rush Summit" at Stanford in June. Miller says he invited Brown so he could gain more knowledge, but also added, "from my point of view, we could get it (more knowledge) from a premier-offensive-tackle point of view.”

The two went up against each other in the trenches Wednesday in Santa Clara. After Brown held his own, Miller poured on the praise, but he made it clear how the young offensive lineman's future is all up to himself. Brown holds the keys to his potential. 

"He’ll be as good as he wants to be," Miller said. "When he’s on, there’s not another tackle in the National Football League that’s as good as him."

Miller also made a bold prediction. "He’s going to have one of the biggest (contracts) for an offensive lineman."

Brown's rookie deal ends after the 2018 season.