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Reading the tea leaves, the situation isn't looking all that good for Frank Gore. The 49ers today added running back Carl Stewart, a 230-pound banger, to their practice squad after losing defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison to the Jacksonville Jaguars. The move very well could be a precursor to moving Thomas Clayton from the practice squad to the active roster.

Stewart, a rookie, is an Auburn product. He was picked up as an undrafted free agent this year by the Buccaneers, who used him as a fullback. Earlier today Mike Singletary said that Gore would be a game-day decision, but suggested that DeShaun Foster would get all of the practice snaps this week.

****Update***** Nate Clements went through a full practice, as did Dashon Goldson. Roderick Green, however, missed practice with an illness. BTW, I observed Mike Singletary having a long chat with Ahmad Brooks after the morning walk-though. Could this be the week?

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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