Frank Gore’s season is over — and what a hit for the San Francisco offense.
The 49ers placed their running back on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. Gore fractured his right hip Monday and was scheduled to undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury.
Coach Mike Singletary said he wasn’t sure when Gore got hurt. The two-time Pro Bowl player, in his sixth NFL season, ran for 853 yards and three touchdowns. He caught a team-leading 46 passes for 452 yards and two TDs.
“It is unfortunate that we had to place Frank on IR,” Singletary said. “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.”
Derek Anderson raised his voice and his eyes bulged wide. Looking directly at a reporter in the crowd, the Cardinals’ quarterback let loose.
Taking exception to repeated questions about why he was laughing on the sideline late in a blowout loss to San Francisco, Anderson went on a profanity-laced tirade during a postgame news conference Monday night before abruptly walking out.
“You think I was laughing about something?” Anderson said, his voice getting louder with nearly every word. “I take this serious! Real serious! I put my heart and soul into this every single week!”
The NFL will offer full refunds to fans with general admission tickets if games are canceled next season because of a lockout. … Drew Brees was honored as Sports Illustrated’s sportsman of the year for his championship on the field and his charity off it. … The NFL extended its contract with satellite radio provider Sirius XM for five years. … Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $25,000 for his penalized hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Harrison has four fines this season totaling $125,000. … The Bengals signed kicker Clint Stitser and waived rookie Aaron Pettrey after two games. … The Packers placed linebacker Brandon Chillar and tight end Spencer Havner on season-ending injured reserve. … Tampa Bay released safety Sabby Piscitelli and placed safety Cody Grimm and left guard Davin Joseph on injured reserve. … The Lions may have more problems at quarterback. Shaun Hill appeared to have a splint on the index finger of his throwing hand at practice, and stood off to the side while Drew Stanton and Zac Robinson took snaps. … The Packers agreed to a contract extension with cornerback Tramon Williams. … The Browns waived running back Clifton Smith, who was recently signed to return kickoffs when Joshua Cribbs was hurt. … Defensive end Phillip Merling was activated by the Dolphins less than four months after an Achilles’ tendon injury that was feared to be season-ending.