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September 18, 2013
Vernon Davis to rest hamstring; several starters wait-and-see for Sunday


Three injured 49ers starters have wait-and-see status as the team begins practicing for the Indianapolis Colts today. Tight end Vernon Davis, who strained a hamstring on Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman's fourth-quarter interception, wrote on Twitter that he needed rest.

"No need to worry y'all," Davis wrote. "My leg is feeling great just need a little rest til kickoff according to the docs."

After two games, Davis is second on the 49ers in receiving with nine catches, 118 yards and two touchdowns. If he cannot play, Vance McDonald and Garrett Celek would see more action. Newcomer Chris Harper also could be active for the first time this season. The 49ers will release their first injury report of the week around 5 p.m. today.

Meanwhile, both defensive end Ray McDonald and safety Eric Reid will be end-of-week decisions as well. Reid suffered a concussion on Sunday. And while he showed no symptoms Monday, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio noted on KNBR radio Tuesday that former quarterback Alex Smith didn't show symptoms, either, immediately after last year's concussion. But those symptoms appeared the day before the following game -- six days later -- which led to Colin Kaepernick starting instead.

McDonald suffered a sprained ankle late in the fourth quarter. "I think he's going to be ok, but again it's a fluid situation," Fangio said. "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." 

It's likely that defensive lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie, inactive against the Seahawks, will be in uniform Sunday against the Colts. The team placed another defensive lineman, Ian Williams, on injured reserve Tuesday with a broken ankle.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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