UPDATES & NEWS
The early word out of San Francisco is that Frank Gore might get 50 fewer carries this year. He had 276 last year.
The niners have been preparing for the wheels to come off the Frank Gore cart for three seasons now. They have an elite core of back-up runners headed by Kendall Hunter, trickling down to draftee Carlos Hyde, Marcus Lattimore, and LaMichael James. It's too early to tell what the distribution will look like, but 2013 was Gore's least efficient performance as a runner. This is a situation to monitor. ANALYST:
Carl Crawford exited Monday night's game with tightness in his right side.
It was only a matter of time before the glass-made Crawford cracked in some capacity. It's unknown whether or not he'll need a DL stint to rid him of the tightness, but if he does Scott Van Slyke and Alex Guerrero are likely to fill in for him. Guerrero has been among the hottest hitters in baseball, in a limited role, and would become mixed league relevant if/when he finds himself in the lineup. Don Mattingly, however, doesn't appear to be Guerrero's biggest fan. Let's hope he's not pigeon-holed to pinch-hitting duties. Analysis: Spencer Silva