Vance McDonald Injury: Updates on 49ers TE's Hip and Return

Scott PolacekFeatured Columnist

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 18:  Vance McDonald #89 of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers in the 4th quarter during the game at Bank of America Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald suffered a hip injury against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 and had not played since. However, he is ready to return.

Continue for updates.

McDonald Active vs. Bills 

Sunday, Oct. 16

The 49ers announced that McDonald is available to play against Buffalo.

Latest on McDonald's Practice Status 

Friday, Oct. 14

The 49ers announced McDonald was a full participant in practice after being limited the previous two days.

McDonald Hoping to Continue Growth in 2016

This was a difficult setback for McDonald because he was looking to continue building on a career year in 2015 this season as San Francisco's primary tight end.

Prior to the injury, he had five catches, 93 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 after setting career highs with 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. He appeared in 14 games last year after playing in just eight during the 2014 campaign.

The 26-year-old demonstrated his explosiveness in Week 2 with a 75-yard touchdown catch against the Carolina Panthers in which he raced up the sideline and picked up a majority of the ground after the reception.

Now, with the 49ers making a quarterback change from Blaine Gabbert to Colin Kaepernick, McDonald will look to get in a groove with the team's new signal-caller.