Frank Gore's neck (and other Thursday notes)

The Mike Singletary era isn't going to be boring, you can be sure of that. Thursday's wrap starts by the bay, checking in with the team's franchise running back.

Frank Gore (neck) missed another practice Thursday, and he initially told reporters that he suffered a concussion late in Monday's game and is still dealing with headaches. Mike Singletary offered a different version of things. "Frank Gore is a football player," Singletary told the Sacramento Bee. "He does not know what a concussion is. It may feel like a concussion." Later in the day, Gore changed his tune, claiming he merely has a neck strain and should practice Friday. Stay tuned.

Last call on Ladell Betts, who's back practicing with the Redskins and more important these days given the MCL sprain Clinton Portis is dealing with. Jim Zorn was impressed with Betts in the Thursday workout. Santana Moss (hamstring) had another full day and looks like a good start; he's generally done well against the Cowboys in his career.

Things are still cloudy with Reggie Bush (knee), who wasn't able to practice Thursday. "It's just kind of day to day," Bush told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. According to the paper Bush is "decidedly questionable" for Week 11, and that's probably the tag we'll see when the official league report comes out Friday. Keep Deuce McAllister handy, you know all about the sieve that is the Kansas City rushing defense.

Steven Jackson didn't work at all and admits his quad has hit a setback. He's very unlikely to play against the Niners, so get ready for the Antonio Pittman experience.

Tony Dungy continues to whistle a positive tune about Reggie Wayne (ankle) and Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring), though both receivers missed practice for the second consecutive day. Dungy told the team's official site that he expects both guys to be on the field against Houston Sunday. Let's see what they can do with the final day of practice.

Kyle Orton (ankle) had another limited day, so we're not really any closer to figuring out if he'll be able to play against the Packers.

Matt Hasselbeck (back) had a full session, and the Seahawks also had Julius Jones (illness) on the field for the full day. It's hard to say how sharp Hasselbeck will be in his first game back, but at least we can start taking the Seattle wideouts seriously again. Koren Robinson (knee) and Deion Branch (heel) were both limited Thursday, but offer sleeper value if they can practice Friday. Bobby Engram has always worked well with Hasselbeck. (It's a good thing Hasselbeck is ready to return because Seneca Wallace has a sore groin, and no one really wants to see Charlie Frye play again.)

Tony Romo (finger) had a full day, Jason Witten (broken ribs) had a partial day. Look for both of them to play at Washington, though Romo will have a splint on his finger.

Marques Colston (knee) missed some time Thursday and you'll want to monitor his Friday involvement, though he's still expected to play at Kansas City.

Cedric Benson (back) didn't work Thursday, a new development. Let's see what he does in the final day of practice. With or without Benson, I'm not expecting the Bengals to run a lot on Philadelphia (3.8 YPC allowed).

Javon Walker says he's headed for ankle surgery and is done for the year. I'll take Bad Oakland Contracts for $800, Alex.

Felix Jones (hamstring) isn't back at practice yet this week, so don't factor him into your Week 11 plans.

The Steelers don't list Ben Roethlisberger (shoulder) or Willie Parker (shoulder) on the injury report, so go ahead and use them as you normally would.

Derrick Mason (shoulder) was out again and looks like a very risky play for Sunday's date against the Giants.

Romeo Crennel says the Browns will try to give some additional touches to Jerome Harrison in the weeks ahead. Harrison gave the Broncos fits with his speed in the first half of their game last week, so of course the geniuses on the Cleveland sideline gave Harrison just one touch in the second half.

Matt Jones (thigh) did some work Thursday and has a good chance to play against the Titans. You can't feel good about that matchup, though.

Earnest Graham (knee) had another limited session and looks like a spotty play against Minnesota to begin with. Warrick Dunn (back) has taken all the reps this week.

The Jets took both of their kickers to Foxboro, but it's Jay Feely in uniform once again, while Mike Nugent (calf) sits out. A sneaky move from that coy Eric Mangini, who probably figured he could get an edge by keeping the Patriots in the dark, forcing New England to prepare for both kickers. Right.

Sammy Morris is in uniform at Foxboro but there's no telling how much the Pats will use him, to go along with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Kevin Faulk. Come back to the Arcade shortly after the Thursday nighter ends, we'll wrap it up and break it down.

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