Frank Gore Breaks Hand; Spirit Fortunately OK

The image “http://www.sf49ers.com/photos/thumbs/lrg-493-gore-build-bike.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Well that didn’t take long, did it?

In the first padded practice of training camp, budding superstar RB somehow broke his right hand during a non-contact ball-handling drill:

… Coach Mike Nolan said he would not practice with the team for the remainder of the week. Gore will be re-evaluated next Monday, and Nolan expects him to return to practice then with a cast on his hand.

“He’ll be ready for the latter part of preseason, but his participating in the preseason, we’ll wait and see on that,” Nolan said.

Gore has a long history with injuries already (he’s had surgeries on both knees and both shoulders; heavens Frankie), but the bigger problem may be his propensity for putting the ball on the ground. He already fumbled six times last year, and this latest injury can’t be good in that department.

This can’t be a good omen for the trendy darkhorse pick to win the NL West. Is this a fluke accident that will be forgotten by opening day or the first indications that heavy expectations may weigh the Niners down?

Gore breaks bone in right hand, may miss preseason [ESPN]

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