Gore has incentives not to take a week off

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Gore has incentives not to take a week off

SAN FRANCISCO -- Running back Frank Gore says he is ready to go after sitting out the second half of the 49ers' game last week with a minor right knee injury.But will the 49ers handle Gore any different than usual Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals with another game looming just four days later at Baltimore on Thanksgiving night?"No, we're not taking that into considerations," 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. "This is the most important game of the season. We're not leaving anything for the swim back. That's how we're going about it."As the season winds down, it would seem reasonable that the 49ers would find more play time for backup Kendall Hunter and, perhaps, third-stringer Anthony Dixon to keep Gore fresh entering the playoffs. But Harbaugh said there is only one consideration at this point in the season."We'll do what we have to do to win these games, first and foremost," Harbaugh said. "Frank's health, not going to speculate, don't have a crystal ball."Frank is ready. Kendall is ready. Anthony Dixon did a nice job with the plays that he was in the ball game the other day. (I) feel good about our backs."There is certainly no indication that the 49ers will shut down Gore for a game. That would be a difficult sell for the 49ers. If he's healthy and able to play, he will play. After all, the contract extension Gore signed before the start of the season is largely contingent on his playing a lot of football -- at a high level.
About 7.5 million of Gore's reported four-year, 21 million contract is tied directly to roster bonuses and production. Gore receives approximately 100,000 for every game he is among the 46 players active on regular-season game days.The remainder of the money, in the neighborhood of 750,000 per season, is collected if Gore achieves 1,600 yards combined rushing and receiving annually. Gore has 868 combined yards through nine games.

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."