Around the NFC West: Gore backtracks

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says Frank Gore expects to play against the Rams without limitation. The 49ers disputed Gore's initial claim that he suffered a concussion against the Cardinals.
Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider says officials erred in spotting the football outside the 2-yard line following Gore's final run Monday night.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat quotes Gore as saying he underwent no tests to see if he suffered a concussion Monday night. Gore, accompanied by a public-relations employee, withdrew his previous assertion that he suffered a concussion.

Also from Maiocco: Whatever was bothering Gore likely affected him on his final carry.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee quotes 49ers coach Mike Singletary as saying Gore will play against the Rams.

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News offers a complete breakdown of Gore's comments and clarification.

Vernon Davis of the 49ers answers questions from fans, noting that the Saints' Will Smith posed his toughest matchup in pass protection. I thought Davis fared well in that matchup.

Gary Plummer of the 49ers' radio team breaks down the Rams-49ers game. He expects to see more of Chilo Rachal at guard. He thought Rachal looked "amazing" in limited work against the Cardinals.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com looks at what Clark Haggans and Bryan Robinson have brought to the Cardinals in terms of leadership and experience.

Also from Urban: The Cardinals' tight ends are fighting for playing time after coach Ken Whisenhunt put them on notice.

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic quotes Mike Holmgren as saying a "perfect storm" has hit the Seahawks this season.

Also from Somers: a short notebook leading with the tight end situation. Also, Edgerrin James entered the University of Miami's Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

Mike Tulumello of the East Valley Tribune says the Cardinals' penalty problems haven't subsided despite Whisenhunt's efforts.

Clare Farnsworth of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says the Seahawks' secondary coach knew nothing about Steve Breaston until watching the Cardinals on video Monday. Not that coaches have tunnel vision or anything.

Also from Farnsworth: The Seahawks sound excited about Courtney Taylor's second chance with the offense this season. Seattle signed Taylor from the practice squad after releasing Keary Colbert. The team also put in a waiver claim for receiver Adam Jennings, released by Atlanta, but the Lions' claim prevailed based on Detroit's inferior record.

John Morgan of Field Gulls breaks down a screen play the Cardinals used against the Redskins in Week 3 (play also referenced here).

Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune checks in with Seahawks defensive coordinator John Marshall, who says Seattle must pressure Kurt Warner on Sunday.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says Holmgren is hurting on the inside during a difficult final season with the Seahawks.

Jose Romero of the Seattle Times says Seahawks cornerback Kelly Jennings is trying to build his confidence heading into the Arizona game.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams will likely be without Steven Jackson in Week 11.

Steve Korte of the Belleville News-Democrat was there when the Rams met with a 16-year-old high school player who suffered a series of strokes after a blood vessel in his brain burst. Rams coach Jim Haslett: "We've been kind of waiting for him to get out of the hospital so we could have him over as a guest. He's a great kid."