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Morning Tailgate: Davis Heals; McDonald Improves

Posted Sep 18, 2013

Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald are getting better day by day, but in very different ways.

The 49ers top two tight ends are getting better by the day -- but in very different ways.

Pro Bowler Vernon Davis, who left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter with an apparent hamstring strain, offered an update from his personal Twitter account on Tuesday night. "No need to worry y'all," Davis wrote. "My leg is feeling great just need a little rest til kickoff according to the docs."

Davis' backup, rookie Vance McDonald, is improving in another way -- he's learning. After the Seattle Seahawks defeat, during which wideout Anquan Boldin and Davis attracted the most defensive attention, McDonald was asked if he was ready for a more significant role in the offense.

"I'm certainly ready and willing to step up and do it," McDonald said after Tuesday's practice. "Just like I have the last two weeks: prepare, get the game plan down, know my assignments and go from there."

As for his knocking over Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman at the end of his 19-yard catch and run, McDonald was pleased with his Week 2 highlight.

"That's always my first mentality, to run over anyone who gets in the way," he said. "I'm glad it worked out for me."

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee offered perspective on the 49ers signing of Owen Marecic.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle talked to Davis about the team’s composure in Seattle.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News caught up with Mike Iupati to analyze the left guard’s play.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com wrote that the 49ers injuries could catch up with them this week.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com featured Davis and his Indianapolis Colts cornerback for a brother, Vontae Davis.