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Should Dolphins RB Frank Gore see the field Saturday?

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It’s always a debate in preseason: how much does a veteran with nothing to prove need to play/risk injury in preseason games? The Dolphins are dealing with that issue with RB Frank Gore, who’s yet to suit up for their first two preseason games.

We wrote earlier in the off season that Gore, who’s 35 and entering his 14th season, and coach Adam Gase both believe that he has a lot left to offer. After all, Gase was lobbying hard for Gore over a younger (and more expensive) free agent in DeMarco Murray.

This is because Gase had previously been on staff with the 49ers, when Gore was in the prime of his career and San Francisco was an NFC Championship Game participant for three straight seasons.

Now, we fast forward to 2018, and Gore, who didn’t dress in the opener with the Bucs, is eager to see his first action for his hometown team. He told the media Sunday after the latest training camp practice that he’s looking forward to Saturday night:

“I’m going to be nervous and I’m going to be happy, be out there with my teammates and be home. First time, and live in my Dolphins uniform.”

This would imply that Gore knows he’s not only going to be in uniform, but see his first action in tandem with Kenyan Drake in the Fins backfield.

Gase brought humor when answering Sunday afternoon whether he needs to see Gore against the Ravens Saturday night.

“Do I need to see him? I don’t. But, he’s driving me insane right now (to play)….If I say ‘no’ right now, then he’ll be in my office in five minutes. I know he wants to go out there and do something and he’s tired of staying on the sideline.”

There is a strong argument that if Gore is completely healthy that he should see some game action before the Dolphins week one game with the Titans. And, we all know that won’t be in the preseason finale in Atlanta.

So, in all likelihood Gore will be out there Saturday, at least for a series or two, taking live hits and going game speed for some plays.

Even the most savy vets need some of it in August.

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