The official practice report says 49ers tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald are both questionable for Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. But both seemed optimistic about their chances at playing against their first-place division rivals.
"Feeling great right now," Davis said Friday. "Just take it nice and slow and we’ll go on how I feel."
Davis left the 28-20 loss to Chicago in the fourth quarter when he was tackled awkwardly from behind by Bears linebacker Jon Bostic and did not return. Davis did some light running during Friday's practice and caught balls from the Juggs machine, he said. He looked drastically improved from earlier in the week when he was seen with crutches and a severe limp in the locker room.
"(Davis) looked really good. Like night and day from yesterday," McDonald said.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said during the week Davis "dodged a bullet" following the results from his MRI, indicating there was no structural damage done to either his ankle or his knee.
"You go out to play, and just play as hard as you possibly can whether you practiced or didn’t practice," Davis said about playing without a full week of preparation. "You just play as hard as you possibly can and everything else will work itself out."
McDonald left Sunday's game with a knee ailment and also feels good about his chances Sunday.
"I’m always optimistic about everything, all phases of life," McDonald quipped.
Should McDonald be unable to go, it would be Derek Carrier getting the nod at tight end. Carrier entered Sunday's game and made three catches for 41 yards, including a 22-yarder that set up a second-quarter touchdown. He was also the target on Colin Kaepernick's third interception.Jonathan Martin has filled in at right tackle and played well before allowing two fourth-quarter sacks to Bears defensive end Willie Young.
Offensive coordinator Greg Roman was asked Thursday if the team has considered moving former tackle Alex Boone out from guard to replace Davis and reinsert guard Joe Looney, who took all the reps with the first team in training camp. Roman said that scenario "was discussed," but ultimately playing Martin at tackle "gave us the best chance to win," Roman said.
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