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Westbrook, Dixon will share Niners' rushing load

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By Dan Arkush

Word is the impressive one-man show courtesy of a relatively fresh-legged Brian Westbrook in Week 12 is far from indicative of what the team’s ground game will look like the rest of the season with Frank Gore no longer in the mix. “That was an aberration,” one team insider said of Westbrook’s 23-carry, 136-yard performance against Arizona. “(Head coach Mike) Singletary indicated the next day that 23 carries was way too much, which means (sixth-round rookie) Anthony Dixon is going to get a lot more playing time.” We hear the usage of Westbrook and Davis will hinge greatly on how the remaining games unfold. But a 15-10 split in carries, respectively, is a reasonable assumption, with Dixon operating as the short-yardage specialist, thereby minimizing the risk of Westbrook being forced to deal with the well-documented knee and concussion issues that have hindered him the past few seasons.

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