After the 34-3 win over the Houston Texans, the San Francisco 49ers announced injured defensive tackle Ray McDonald will have an MRI on Monday. McDonald hurt his right biceps and left the game in the second half. He did not return.
It felt like a little bee sting. It didn’t really hurt, but I’ll know more tomorrow. They said it’s not that bad, so I’ll see tomorrow. ~ McDonald after Sunday night’s win
Keep your fingers crossed that McDonald’s injury is not serious. The Niners are already without nose tackle Ian Williams, who is lost for the season with a broken ankle. So losing McDonald will put more pressure on a defense that has been missing multiple starters from the lineup the last two games. Tony Jerod-Eddie replaced McDonald and he had an interception in the fourth quarter.
It was reported by CBS Sports on Sunday, that the 49ers and free agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour recently talked. Seymour was contacted after Aldon Smith entered a rehab facility. However, the report said, “The sides could not get close financially.”
Brining in Seymour would only be a smart move if McDonald is out for a significant amount of time. After McDonald, the Niners defense line only has Jerod-Eddie, Glenn Dorsey and Demarcus Dobbs. The concern with Jerod-Eddie is his inexperience. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Niners in 2012 and he has appeared in five games, with zero starts.
The 49ers should be getting some help from players who are coming off the non-football injury or physically unable to perform lists. Defensive ends Tank Carradine and Quinton Dial could begin practicing next week. Players on the PUP list must sit out the first six weeks of the regular season. After a player starts practicing, the 49ers have 21 days to active him to the roster or place him on injured reserve or release the player.
The problem with Carradine and Dial is both are rookies. Neither player will present the 49ers with suitable substitutes to start at defensive tackle.