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Ray McDonald Injury Not Expected to be Serious

Posted Oct 8, 2013

Ray McDonald biceps injury is not expected to be serious, according to Jim Harbaugh.

When a player avoids major injury, Jim Harbaugh has developed a saying.

“We dodged a bullet there.”

The Harbaugh phrase was spoken once again on Tuesday morning. The 49ers coach made an appearance on The KNBR Morning Show and used his saying when he was asked about the health of defensive tackle Ray McDonald.

McDonald injured his right biceps in San Francisco’s 34-3 win over the Houston Texans. The starting defensive tackle had an MRI on Monday and the results were positive, according to Harbaugh.

“We dodged a bullet there,” the 49ers coach said. “It looks like Ray might have walked one off."

Harbaugh said he hadn’t spoken directly to McDonald, but Harbaugh did hear good reports from the team’s medical staff.

McDonald did not return to action after his injury. He went to the locker room and came back without his shoulder pads. Second-year defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie filled in for McDonald and recorded his first career interception.


Harbaugh said he was impressed with Jerod-Eddie's effort.

“He’s worked his way up and is now getting a chance to play,” Harbaugh said of the undrafted defensive lineman. “We’ve seen him in practice, we know he’s ready and he’s doing a good job.”

Harbaugh commended all of the defensive reserves who stepped in the Week 5 win.

“Everybody has confidence in our guys, in the Niners,” the 49ers coach said. “It’s been fantastic to watch guys step up and play well.”


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