Gore’s quest for 1,000 won’t factor into Singletary’s decision

Running back Frank Gore went through a limited practice and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Redskins. Gore looked good today while running and making cuts.

The club will likely make a game-time decision whether Gore will play Sunday. Coach Mike Singletary said the fact he is just 22 yards shy of 1,000 yards will have no bearing on the decision whether Gore plays in the game.


Singletary said he does not want Gore to play unless his left ankle is completely healthy. He said his fear would be that Gore over-compensates for his ankle injury and runs the risk of another injury.


All six 49ers players on the team’s injury report are listed as probable for Sunday’s game: Gore, C Eric Heitmann (abdomen), S Michael Lewis (abdomen), OT Adam Snyder, S Mark Roman (knee) and LB Ahmad Brooks (back).


Roman did not practice, but he’s expected to be ready to play. Brooks, Gore and Snyder were limited. Sims will likely start at right tackle. Brooks will not suit up for the game, Singletary said.


The Redskins’ injury report: LB London Fletcher (foot), DT Kedric Golston (ankle) and T Jon Jansen (knee) are questionable; and G Pete Kendall (knee) is probable.


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Singletary was asked today about the Sac Bee report that he will fire offensive coordinator Mike Martz after the season. Here was his response:


Singletary: “Because of all the controversy about it and all the distraction that it’s had on our team already . . . I just came in this morning and got our team together first thing this morning and told them, ‘You know what, guys? All the speculation, all the talk, whatever, we want to focus on Washington. All the other things we’ll talk about and think about later.’ But I really don’t want to comment on that right now. I really want to focus on Washington. Everything else will take care of itself and it’ll happen soon enough.”


Q: Have you discussed this with Mike Martz?

Singletary: “Uh, very little. We talked a little about it. But no big deal.”


Singletary added: “I’m going to stay on Washington. I’m really going to stay on Washington. We’ve had too much of a distraction from it already. This week, (we’re) really trying to keep the guys focused on (Washington). We’ve had Christmas. We had Christmas Eve. We’ve had shopping. We had all the other things. I want to get these guys back and have them totally focused on Washington.”


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