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ESPN's John Clayton reports the "early word out of San Francisco" is that Frank Gore could see 50 fewer carries in 2014.

Clayton's colleague, Bill Williamson, reported the same exact thing two weeks ago, but it's slow season and it's worth repeating. Gore had 276 carries last season and continued his fall down the cliff, averaging 3.65 YPC over his final ten games. He's now entering his age-31 season, and the 49ers used a second-round pick on Carlos Hyde, adding him to a stable that also includes COP back Kendall Hunter and second-year wild card Marcus Lattimore. Gore remains on the RB2 map, even if he loses 50 carries, but there isn't a ton of upside here.

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ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson believes Frank Gore will see "about 220 carries" this season.

GM Trent Baalke has talked about removing some of the load off the 31-year-old Gore, and the selection of Carlos Hyde was a clear indication 49ers want to divvy up the carries more this season. That does not mean Gore will fall off the map, though. As long as he is healthy, Gore will remain the lead-back in San Francisco and a low-end RB2 in fantasy.

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The Sacramento Bee expects the 49ers' running back pecking order to begin with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter to open the 2014 season.

Things could change in training camp or after preseason games, but for now this is the likeliest outcome. Perhaps Hunter or Marcus Lattimore, or rookie Carlos Hyde will earn more playing time as the season progresses. For now, we'd consider Gore a shaky, lower-end RB2 entering his age-31 season, albeit still the favorite to lead the 49ers in 2014 carries. Hunter seems locked in as the change-of-pace back, even if Hyde or Lattimore overtakes Gore.

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Coach Jim Harbaugh "truly believes" Frank Gore has "three more good years."

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Speaking Friday, 49ers GM Trent Baalke hinted the team won't ask Frank Gore to take a pay cut.

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Frank Gore had just one 100-yard rushing day across his final 13 games (including playoffs).

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CSN Bay Area believes the 49ers could approach Frank Gore about taking a pay cut.

Beat writer Matt Maiocco isn't reporting that Gore's roster spot is in danger, but believes the team might explore ways to reduce his non-guaranteed, $6.45 million salary. One way that could be accomplished is by turning some of Gore's 2014 salary into a bonus, and adding a voidable year(s) to his deal. However, that would just be a restructure, not a cut. Going on 31, Gore is likely realistic about his future. Running backs are a year-to-year proposition after they turn 30.

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CSN Bay Area reports Frank Gore will undergo "minor finger surgery."

Leftys Sports Collectibles, a sports collectibles shop in California, tweeted Monday evening that Gore broke his right hand in the NFC Championship game Sunday and would undergo surgery Tuesday. It appears they were partially correct. It's not a major concern. Gore will be ready in plenty of time for camp.

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Frank Gore reportedly broke his hand in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.

The report comes from a sports collectibles shop in California where Gore was signing autographs Monday night. Gore will reportedly have surgery Tuesday. Take it with a grain of salt, but we wouldn't expect to hear much on the issue considering the 49ers don't comment much on injuries. Even if the report proves to be true, Gore will be ready in plenty of time for mandatory minicamp.

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Frank Gore was bottled up for 14 yards on 11 carries in San Francisco's NFC Championship Game loss to Seattle.

He added one catch for 17 yards. Gore was simply erased by Seattle's hot-and-cold run defense, getting stopped for two yards or fewer on nine of his 11 carries. He was stopped for a loss three times. It was a disappointing end to a season where Gore appeared to wear down in the second half. Although Gore surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground for the seventh time in eight years, his 4.1 yards per carry was a career low. Going on 31, Gore is headed into the final year of his contract. Whether it's by Kendall Hunter or Marcus Lattimore, expect Gore to be spelled more often in 2014.