49ers running back Frank Gore returned to practice Thursday wearing a non-contact jersey as he continues to progress through the league's concussion protocol, reports the Sacramento Bee. Rookie running back Carlos Hyde remained sidelined with ankle and back injuries. The 49ers host the Chargers on Saturday night. If Gore gets cleared by an independent neurologist and Hyde sits out, Gore could see a heavy workload. If neither plays, the 49ers' top two tailbacks would be Alfonso Smith and newly-signed Phillip Tanner.
The 49ers re-signed running back Alfonso Smith, who was among the team's final cuts in training camp, reports CSNBayArea.com.
The 49ers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.Among those moves was the placement of cornerback Kenneth Acker and fullback Will Tukuafu on the injured reserve list.San Francisco cut the following players: T Carter Bykowski, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Lance Lewis, LS Kevin McDermott, CB Darryl Morris, G Al Netter, DL Lawrence Okoye, WR Kassim Osgood, T Michael Philipp, NT Mike Purcell, G Ryan Seymour, LB Shayne Skov, RB Alfonso Smith, G Adam Snyder, S C.J. Spillman, LB Chase Thomas, S Raymond Ventrone, WR L'Damian Washington and RB Glenn Winston.
Veteran running back Alfonso Smith has been released by the 49ers. Smith, who signed with the team in late July, played all 16 games with Arizona in two of the last three seasons. He managed 54 yards on 18 carries in 2013.
The 49ers signed running back Alfonso Smith Monday. Smith saw limited work with the ball in his hands last season while playing all 16 games with the Cardinals. He carried the ball 18 times for 54 yards and a touchdown, with most of that work coming in the first three games of the season.
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