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Vance McDonald Updates Status of Ailing Knee

Posted Sep 16, 2014

The San Francisco 49ers received some much-needed good news on Tuesday when the tight end revealed the results of his MRI and X-rays.

The San Francisco 49ers received some much-needed good news on Tuesday when Vance McDonald revealed that his ailing right knee suffered no structural damage in the Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears.

The tight end injured the knee during Frank Gore’s penalty-nullified touchdown run in the second quarter. McDonald briefly left the game before returning in the third to haul in a nine-yard pass from Colin Kaepernick.

McDonald, who underwent an MRI and an X-Ray, breathed a sigh of relief when the tests came back negative. The 24-year-old reserve hopes to play Sunday against the division-rival Arizona Cardinals.

“It’s a day-by-day thing,” McDonald said. “(I’ll) just progress each day.”

With Vernon Davis nursing an ankle injury, an active McDonald would substantially help a suddenly banged-up 49ers tight end corps. If Davis, McDonald or both are unable to suit up on Sunday, the duties would then fall onto the shoulders of Derek Carrier.

Listed third on the depth chart, Carrier performed admirably when called upon versus the Bears. The second-year pro caught his first three NFL passes for 41 yards, including a 22-yard strike.

The 49ers also added some insurance at the position in the form of rookie free agent Xavier Grimble, signed to the practice squad on Monday.

“I don’t think anybody can be Vernon Davis except for Vernon, but I think it just goes back to execution,” McDonald said. “Whoever is in there is going to have to get the job done. We’re going to run our offense with whatever tight end we have and it’ll be great.”

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