Frank Gore is 34 years old and has 3,105 career carries, yet he just churned for eight total touchdowns and 1,302 yards from scrimmage in 2016. He didn't miss a game, had double-digits in Fantasy points 10 times, averaged 18.8 touches per game and finished as a Top 12 running back for the second year in a row. But all of those numbers are in danger of sliding given the Colts' offseason. Not only did the team keep Robert Turbin, who stole eight touchdowns of his own last season, but they drafted USF speedster Marlon Mack. The two of them, especially Mack, could limit the number of touches Gore gets from week to week. With a tough slate of run defenses ahead of him, teammates to challenge for playing time and all those carries behind him, Gore's just not worth targeting on Draft Day. Someone will settle on Gore in every league as a low-end No. 2 Fantasy running back. That should happen by Round 6 or 7. If it's you who takes him, that's okay -- just make sure you grab Mack by Round 9.
Gore rushed twice for four yards in Saturday's preseason Week 2 loss to the Cowboys. Gore played into the third drive before giving way to Robert Turbin. The veteran likely would have been removed earlier if the offense had been able to pick up a first down prior to his departure. Remarkably, the starting running back job is still Gore's to lose at age 34.
Gore (ankle) returned to practice Tuesday and participated in live tackling drills, the Indianapolis Star reports. Gore was limited during Monday's practice, but his return Tuesday to an intense practice suggests this isn't a worry for the regular season. He may not play much, if at all, in the preseason, however. The Colts may try to reduce the 34-year-old's workload this year, but Gore remains atop the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.
Gore is dealing with a minor ankle injury and was limited during Monday's practice. The Colts are understandably playing it safe by restricting the 34-year-old running back with still over a month to go before their Week 1 tilt with the Rams. Robert Turbin was spotted taking first-team snaps at Monday's practice, but Gore remains atop the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.
Gore is expected to remain the Colts' lead tailback this season, CBS 4 Indy's Mike Chappell reports. Despite being 34 years old, Gore is anticipated to receive around 16-to-18 carries per game, which could see him move into fifth all-time in rushing yards over the course of this season. However, with Robert Turbin coming off an impressive spring, and shifty rookie Marlon Mack also in tow, the Colts have alternatives to spell the veteran Gore on occasion. In 16 games last season, Gore averaged 3.9 yards per carry en route to 1,025 rushing yards and four touchdowns, and he also caught 38 passes for 277 yards and four more scores.
Gore did not report to practice Tuesday for personal reasons, Mike Chappell of Indysportscentral.com reports. Gore was granted permission to return to Miami to attend to family matters. Coach Chuck Pagano noted that he is not at all worried about Gore, claiming that the 34-year-old has been on a strict workout regimen. Team expects Gore to be back in Indianapolis by the end of the week, but given the uncertainty regarding the issue, it's more of a wait-and-see matter. In the meantime, Robert Turbin is likely to get to bulk of Gore's reps during the short absence.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/10||@Los Angeles Rams||14||16.63|
|5||10/08||San Francisco 49ers||33||27.13|
|3 Year Avg||259||1033||5||28||218||2||166|