Davis gets MRI on injured ankle

Tight end Vernon Davis left Sunday night's loss to the Bears with an injury to his left ankle. He underwent tests Monday. Meanwhile, Jim Harbaugh is hopeful right tackle Anthony Davis can return to practice this week, and he might reevaluate Jimmie Ward's role against bigger receivers.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh did not have an update on tight end Vernon Davis Monday because he was going through an MRI on his injured left ankle.

Davis left Week 2's loss to the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter after rolling his ankle on a reception in the middle of the field. He did not return to the game and he was using crutches in the locker room afterward.

"He's getting looked at right now," Harbaugh said. "Yeah, he's getting scanned."

Davis had three catches for 39 yards Sunday after making a pair of touchdown grabs in the season opening win over the Cowboys. He led the team with 13 touchdowns in 2013 and it widely considered Colin Kaepernick's most potent deep threat.

Without Davis in Week 3 of last year, Kaepernick and the passing game struggled in a 27-7 loss to the Colts. And when Davis left a game with a concussion in the first quarter in Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers, the 49ers had just 46 passing yards in the 10-9 defeat.

Harbaugh indicated Davis did not undergo X-rays on the ankle following the game, likely ruling out a fracture, but could not provide any further update when he spoke to the media Monday.


Right tackle Anthony Davis missed his second-straight start Sunday while dealing with his hamstring injury that prevented him from keeping his streak of 64-straight starts intact to start his career.

Jonathan Martin played right tackle and allowed two fourth-quarter sacks. Harbaugh said he is "hopeful" Davis can return to practice this week. He worked out on the field prior to the loss to the Bears with the team's training staff. He missed the entire offseason program and most of training camp while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

"We'll see as the week starts," Harbaugh said.

Alex Boone returned to the starting lineup after missing the win over the Cowboys following his offseason-long holdout. He allowed two quarterback hurries on 45 passing plays, according to Pro Football Focus.

Backup Vance McDonald also suffered a knee injury in the loss. His status is unknown. Third stringer Derek Carrier made three catches for 41 yards, including a 22-yarder in the second quarter that set up Frank Gore's eight-yard touchdown run.


Rookie defensive back Jimmie Ward was victimized by five-time Pro Bowl wideout Brandon Marshall on all three of his touchdowns Sunday night. Listed generously at 5'11', Ward was at a five-inch and 40-pound disparity when trying to cover Marshall in the red zone.

With that information now on film for upcoming opponents to digest, Harbaugh said there may be adjustments on Ward's usage on bigger receivers as the season goes on.

"I think it's part of (it). Looking for growth again this week," Harbaugh said. "He's doing some really good things as well. We're going to look, we're going to coach, we're going to grow. That's our objective."


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