The 49ers received a double dose of Davis on Wednesday as both tight end Vernon and right tackle Anthony went through a limited practice session.
Neither played in Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals. Vernon Davis missed the game after suffering an ankle injury a week earlier against the Bears. Anthony Davis missed all of the offseason as he recovered from shoulder surgery and then suffered a hamstring strain just before the regular season.
Their absences, especially Vernon Davis’, prompted the 49ers to go with an uncharacteristic pass-heavy game plan in Arizona. Running back Frank Gore, who normally is called upon to preserve leads in the second half of games, carried the ball only once after halftime on Sunday and afterward cut off his post-game interview because he was so upset.
Gore joked with reporters Wednesday that they were expecting him to be mad three days after he had only a scant role in the team’s loss. 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.”
Gore also said that Jonathan Martin, who has been filling in for Anthony Davis, has been doing a “pretty good job” and that his experience should serve the 49ers well if there are any more injuries along the line.
“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.”
The 49ers also re-signed rookie tight end Asante Cleveland (Christian Brothers High) to the practice squad after releasing him Tuesday. The team’s No. 2 tight end, Vance McDonald (knee), did not practice for the fourth straight day. McDonald also sat out Sunday’s game.
Linebacker Patrick Willis sat out practice with a wrist injury. Gore was listed with a back issue but practiced in full.
Harbaugh backs Kaepernick – Despite evidence to the contrary, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said he believes quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has said he didn’t utter a racial slur in the 49ers’ Sept. 14 game.
Kaepernick was penalized at the time and later fined $11,025. The Bears player he allegedly addressed, Lamarr Houston, recently told The Chicago Tribune that Kaepernick said a slur.
“I’ve never heard Colin use that word and I’ve never heard him lie,” Harbaugh said. “… I think what I think. I’m very tuned to hearing that word, and I’ve never heard him use it.”
Et cetera – Tramaine Brock missed another practice with a sprained big toe and could miss his third straight start. Perrish Cox has filled in well at left cornerback.
Outside linebacker Dan Skuta said he hasn’t received a fine for his hit on Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton, which drew a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty. A lack of a fine indicates that upon review the NFL felt the hit was legal.
• Former 49ers practice squad linebacker Shayne Skov was signed to Tampa Bay’s practice squad. The 49ers parted ways with Skov last week to make room for an extra tight end.