Gore gears up for start of the season with 49ers

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Gore ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns in his sixth NFL season and caught 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs. Gore’s 24 100-yard rushing games are the most in 49ers franchise history.

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.

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