Frank Gore


SANTA CLARA – Carlos Hyde, a second-round pick last year, returns to take on his expected role as the 49ers’ starting running back. But nothing will be handed to him as a second-year player.


SANTA CLARA -- Running back Frank Gore, the NFL's 10th-leading rusher entering the final week of the regular season, feels much better physically than a year ago, he said.


SEATTLE -- Within the losing 49ers locker room Sunday night, there was some muffled laughing and joking about, presumably, non-football matters.


Running back Frank Gore played 87 percent of the snaps in a game last week that was not decided until the final 26 seconds of overtime against the St. Louis Rams.