SANTA CLARA -- A day after the 49ers gave a big hint that tight end Vernon Davis will return to the lineup on Sunday, running back Frank Gore indicated that Anthony Davis would be back at his familiar spot at right tackle. Anthony Davis has yet to play a snap this year in preseason or the regular season after coming back from shoulder surgery and a hamstring strain.
Gore said that right tackle fill-in Jonathan Martin had been doing a “pretty good job.”
“It's good that he did get an opportunity to play,” Gore said. “Now we've got Anthony Davis back. So now we know if something happens up front again, we know that he (Martin) can step in.”
Jim Harbaugh would only say he was “hopeful” Anthony Davis would take part in practice. He said the same thing two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, the 49ers on Tuesday released tight end Asante Cleveland from the active roster, an indication that one or both of their injured tight ends, Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald, was healthy enough to play this week. Both missed Sunday's game in Arizona, Davis with an ankle injury and McDonald with a bad knee.
As for Gore, he joked with reporters that they were expecting him to be mad three days after he carried the ball just once in the second half against Arizona. Gore was so upset after the loss, he broke off his post-game interview after one minute.
Instead, he said he was willing to go along with any game plan the coaches devise … as long as it results in a win.
“I just feel that whatever works, I'm with it,” he said. “If it's passing, you pass the ball. If it's running, you run. I'm willing to go with whatever it takes to win. … That's the type of player I am. I just want to win.”