Niners back is out for season

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Frank Gore 's season is over.

The San Francisco 49ers placed their star running back on season-ending injured reserve Tuesday. Gore fractured his right hip during the Niners' 27-6 win at Arizona on Monday night and was scheduled to undergo further tests to determine the severity of the injury. It's a big blow for San Francisco, which at 4-7 is only a game out in the NFC West despite an 0-5 start.

For now, Brian Westbrook and rookie Anthony Dixon will be called upon to carry a bigger load as the 49ers make a quick turnaround to play at Green Bay on Sunday.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is wearing a protective boot on his sprained right foot but is expected to play Sunday when Pittsburgh and Baltimore face off for first place in the AFC North.

Roethlisberger re-injured the foot during a 19-16 overtime victory in Buffalo last Sunday. He did not leave the game and had an 18-yard run while scrambling after getting hurt.

VIKINGS: Rookie Toby Gerhart could get more time this week, with Adrian Peterson 's status uncertain for Sunday's game against Buffalo. Peterson went down with a sprained ankle in Sunday's game at Washington.

LIONS: Detroit might have more problems at quarterback.

Shaun Hill appeared to have a splint on the index finger of his throwing hand at practice Tuesday. He stood off to the side while Drew Stanton took snaps with the first team.

The Lions already lost quarterback Matthew Stafford to an injured shoulder, and Hill has been starting in his place. Stafford, a former Georgia standout, was at practice but wasn't participating in the portion open to the media. Detroit plays host to Chicago on Sunday.

FINED: Steelers linebacker James Harrison was fined $25,000 for his hit on Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick . Harrison now has four fines this season totaling $125,000.

HONORED: Drew Brees was honored as Sports Illustrated 's sportsman of the year, becoming the award's 57th recipient for his championship on the field and his charity off it.


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