Gore injury gives Robinson a shot

Updated: September 29, 2006, 6:37 PM ET
With the injuries to running back Frank Gore and tight end Vernon Davis, the San Francisco 49ers likely will start to involve RB Michael Robinson in the gameplan.

Robinson, a converted quarterback, has been getting high praise from head coach Mike Nolan. Gore has been struggling lately with his ball security and also is suffering from an abdominal strain. Robinson should give the 49ers an added spark while Gore works on protecting the football and rehabbing his injury.

Davis, the team's first-round draft pick, will be missing valuable reps that he needs to get up to speed with the rest of the offense. The 49ers do not have any reservations about Davis' athletic ability or his contributions as a receiver, but they need him to be more of a threat in the run game, which means he needs to improve his blocking ability. Now that he's expected to miss the next four weeks, that could have more far reaching effects later in the season.