49ers TE’s Davis, McDonald questionable vs. Cardinals
The San Francisco 49ers could be without two important pieces of their offense this Sunday, as both their starting and backup tight ends are listed as questionable for their game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Vernon Davis, recovering from an ankle injury suffered during the 49ers’ loss to the Chicago Bears, said he would be ready to play if he’s given the green light, despite missing the week of practice.
And backup Vance McDonald, recovering from a knee injury also suffered in the loss, could also return to action.
With Davis and McDonald both possibly sidelined for Week 3, Derek Carrier and Kyle Nelson, who is the team’s long snapper, are the only healthy tight ends available. Carrier, a second-year player, caught his first three career passes during the fourth quarter against the Bears.
49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Carrier has a lot of upside and that he’s been involved in practice since Day 1 with quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Nelson, who scored a pair of touchdowns in the preseason, would most likely be used only in an emergency.
Tight ends have caught 11 passes for 133 yards and a pair of touchdowns (both by Davis) this year. (Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)