With the San Francisco 49ers still licking their wounds from Week 2, we still don’t know if safety Eric Reid or defensive linemen Ray McDonald will be available to play this weekend. The 49ers will be hosting Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.
Niners defensive coordinator Vic Fangio did shed some light on their injury status when he was on the radio station KNBR this week. Fangio said Reid and McDonald are in a “wait-and-see” mode to play against the Colts. Fangio said,
I think [McDonald’s] going to be ok, but again it’s a fluid situation. His ankle is bothering him a little bit, but we’ll see how it goes. But I think it’s much like the Eric Reid situation. We really won’t know until the end of the week.
Reid sustained a concussion when had laid out a huge hit on Seahawks receiver Sydney Rice and the two collided. Reports have said Reid did not show concussion-like symptoms when evaluated on Monday, but that does not mean he has been cleared to play. He was back at practice on Wednesday, but he was wearing a no-contact blue jersey.
In order for Reid to play he must first go through the mandatory NFL protocol to return to the field. If he can make through practice this week and not show any post-concussion symptoms, he will be on the field Sunday. We may not know Reid’s status until right before the start of the game. The Niners play at 1:00 p.m. (PDT).
McDonald is more likely to suit up on Sunday after he suffered a right sprained ankle late in the fourth quarter. The injury was serious enough that he missed the rest of the game, however his X-rays were negative. He was not on the practice field on Wednesday, which only adds to the uncertainty of his status for Sunday.