49ers injury report: Gore, Manningham expected to start


49ers injury report: Gore, Manningham expected to start

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Mario Manningham are expected to start Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals after each player went through a full week of practice.Gore did not miss any practice time after sustaining a ribs injury in the 49ers' game Oct. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks. Manningham returned to full practice this week after sitting out the 49ers' game against Seattle with a right shoulder injury.
Quarterback Alex Smith, who has a sprain to his right middle finger, will also start."It was a good week throwing the ball, very good this week," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Saturday. "I think he feels very good physically. Confident going into the game and ready to roll."Left tackle Joe Staley (illness) is listed as questionable. He is expected to be available for Monday's game.Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals will start quarterback John Skelton in place of Kevin Kolb, who will miss his second consecutive game with a ribs injury.49ERS
Questionable T Joe Staley (illness)
Probable: RB Frank Gore (ribs), WR Mario Manningham (shoulder), QB Alex Smith (right finger), LB Tavares Gooden (elbow)CARDINALS
Out: QB Kevin Kolb (ribs)
Doubtful: CB Gregory Toler (hamstring)
Questionable: TE Jim Dray (knee), CB Jamell Fleming (back), TE Todd Heap (knee), S Kerry Rhodes (back), RB Anthony Sherman (knee), G Adam Snyder (quadricep)
Probable: CB Michael Adams (hamstring), DE Calais Campbell (quadricep), DT Darnell Dockett (hamstring), LB Quentin Groves (hamstring), LB Paris Lenon (ankle), S James Sanders (knee), LB O'Brien Schofield (knee), QB John Skelton (ankle), LB Reggie Walker (head)

Slimmed down Davis confident as he prepares to step in for Hyde

Slimmed down Davis confident as he prepares to step in for Hyde

SANTA CLARA -- Mike Davis’ first NFL season left him less than fulfilled.

He broke his hand and did not appear in 10 games. When he did play, his 1.7-yard average led to some whispers the 49ers’ fourth-round draft pick was already a bust.

Davis lived the disappointment. He heard the criticism.

On Sunday, he has his first big chance this season to prove himself. Davis is expected to see significant playing time – and, perhaps, his first NFL start – with Carlos Hyde out of action with a shoulder injury. The 49ers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium.

Davis dedicated himself after his rookie season to a body makeover. He swore off Flamin' Hot Cheetos, his favored snack. He dropped from 217 pounds to 205 – his lowest weight since high school. Davis’ body fat dropped from 18 percent to less than 12 percent.

“I feel more confident in myself,” Davis said. “I feel my power is the same. The only thing I feel is really different is the speed and the mindset. My mindset has changed since last year as well.”

Davis opened this season as the 49ers’ No. 3 running back. He rose up the depth chart last week, supplanting Shaun Draughn, as Hyde’s backup. Coach Chip Kelly said Davis has made improvements that led to his promotion.

“Just hitting the hole, timing, making the right cuts,” Kelly said. “You’re burying yourself into the back of the guard or are you working off of the guard’s block and getting yourself to the second level and not getting touched by a linebacker, finishing runs, showing good vision. That’s kind of what you’re looking for in a running back when you’re going through practice.”

Davis carried five times for 13 yards in the 49ers’ 45-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills. In 12 career games, Davis has just 76 yards rushing on 45 attempts.

While Kelly rates Hyde and Draughn as more-accomplished receivers out of the backfield, he noted that Davis has improved that aspect of his game, as well as his pass protection.

“With coach Tom Rathman as your coach, he makes sure we know exactly what we’re doing,” Davis said. “He won’t put you out there if he doesn’t think you can handle it. I just made sure I go through the right steps and make sure I’m prepared into the game.

“I feel confident as ever. With Tom, we spend extra time and he makes sure our eyes are in the right place. That’s one thing we talk about more than anything.”

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

Report: Former 49ers WR works out for Jets

The competition between the Jets and Patriots extended into free-agent workouts this week. 

New England on Wednesday reportedly tried out Dres Anderson, a wide receiver recently released by the 49ers.

New York a day later brought Anderson in for a workout, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. 

Anderson, 24, entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the 49ers in 2015. 

He has yet to appear in a regular-season game.

Anderson was released from the 49ers practice squad on Tuesday, Oct. 18 to clear room for another wide receiver, DeAndre Smelter.