He isn’t used to playing much in the preseason, but coach Jim Harbaugh wanted to see Gore play. He was on the field for the first seven plays in a 24-3 loss at New Orleans last Friday night, Gore carrying four times for 20 yards. He typically only takes part for a handful of snaps total during the exhibition season.
“I was hoping not to play because I feel like I like to work hard in practice,” Gore said Tuesday. “But I was happy that Coach had me out there for a couple plays, just to get some hits in and get up to speed in a game again. I didn’t want to come out, really.”
Also Tuesday, it appeared the 49ers were still contemplating whether to sign veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who worked out for the team a day earlier.