With the most recent injury report released by the San Francisco 49ers, defensive tackle Ray McDonald was been officially ruled out for Sunday’s game. McDonald will miss his first game this season because of an ankle injury. He has not practiced all week.
With McDonald out of the lineup against a very potent New Orleans Saints offense, the 49ers will have to rely on backup Tony Jerod-Eddie. The defensive lineman is young and has started zero games, but he has shown this season he can be a playmaker. Tony recovered a fumble in Week 4 and intercepted a pass in Week 5. He had four tackles filling in for McDonald against the Panthers.
The 49ers will also be without wide receiver Quinton Patton who has a broken foot. Patton has not played since Week 4.
Also on the injury report was Vernon Davis and Eric Reid, who both suffered concussions last week. Even though both went through a contact test on Friday and did not show concussion symptoms, they are questionable to play. They have been limited at practice all week.
Davis has described his injury as a ‘mild concussion.’ After the contact drill on Friday, which consisted of Reid and Davis colliding, Reid said:
“We obviously weren’t trying to kill each other. We got the point of the drill accomplished.”
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Also listed on the injury report was linebacker Dan Skuta and wide receiver Mario Manningham, who are questionable to play. Losing Manningham would be a bigger setback for the 49ers than going without Skuta against the Saints. With Aldon Smith back on the active roster and reports that he will have more playing on Sunday, losing Skuta will not be that significant. However, if the passing game goes without Manningham, Niner fans might see a repeat of last week’s dismal performance on offense, especially if Davis is out as well.
Manningham is having issues with his knee that kept him limited at practice all week. Should Manningham not be available, the 49ers will have to look to receivers Jon Baldwin or Kassim Osgood to start as the No. 2 receiver. Neither are great options. Baldwin has played in only five games this season, recording three receptions for 28 yards. He has been held catch less in the past three games. Osgood has only played on special teams this season for the Niners.
San Francisco does have an open roster spot that they will likely fill before Sunday. But don’t expect the player to be a wideout even if Manningham is not available. Third-string tight end Garrett Celek is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury he suffered in the loss last week. With Celek not likely to play and Davis questionable, expect the 49ers to add practice-squad tight end Derek Carrier to the 53-man roster. Carrier has never played a down in the regular season.
49ers Injury Report
Out: WR Quinton Patton (foot), DT Ray McDonald (ankle)
Doubtful: TE Garrett Celek (hamstring)
Questionable: TE Vernon Davis (concussion), WR Mario Manningham (knee), RB Bruce Miller (hamstring), S Eric Reid (concussion), LB Dan Skuta (foot)
Probable: CB Tarell Brown (knee), DT Quinton Dial (ankle), RB Frank Gore (ankle), G Mike Iupati (knee), P Andy Lee (neck), DT Justin Smith (shoulder)
Saints Injury Report
Out: S Kenny Vaccaro (concussion), TE Benjamin Watson (concussion)
Probable: TE Jimmy Graham (elbow, foot), S Roman Harper (knee), DE Akiem Hicks (back), S Malcolm Jenkins (knee), DE Cameron Jordan (ankle), LB Curtis Lofton (hamstring, ankle), DT Tyrunn Walker (knee)