49ers make it official with Frank Gore, place him on IR

The revitalized San Francisco 49ers made it official with running back Frank Gore, placing him on season-ending injured reserve with a fractured right hip.

Gore was injured in the first quarter Monday night in the 49ers’ 27-6 victory at Arizona. T

“It is unfortunate that we had to place Frank on IR,” coach Mike Singletary said in a statement released by the team. “He is not only a great football player, but a tremendous leader. He plays with such passion and desire, two traits that will serve him well as he recovers from the injury.”

Brian Westbrook and Anthony Dixon will have to handle the rushing chores the rest of the way for the Niners. They promoted running back DeShawn Wynn from the practice squad also giving them another option.

The Gore move wasn’t the only one made. San Francisco also placed wide receiver Dominique Ziegler, who has a torn ACL in his left knee, on IR. Safety Chris Maragos was promoted from the practice squad to take his place.

In a sign that kicker Joe Nedney could be healed up, the 49ers released Shane Andrus. They also waived offensive tackle Xavier Fulton from the practice squad.

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