San Francisco 49ers tight end Vance McDonald left the team's Week 14 game against the New York Jets and did not return. He has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
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McDonald Placed on IR
Monday, Dec. 12
The 49ers announced they placed McDonald on injured reserve, with offensive lineman Josh Allen claimed to take his roster spot.
McDonald Enjoying Strong Season for 49ers
McDonald, who signed a five-year extension on Friday, was injured during the second quarter. The 26-year-old has already missed time this season, sitting out games in Weeks 4 and 5 with a hip issue.
The former second-round pick was showing some promise this season. McDonald leads all 49ers tight ends in receptions (24), receiving yards (391) and touchdowns (four).
Depth is a huge concern for the 49ers, who own the NFL's second-worst record at 1-12 after losing to the Jets in overtime. Garrett Celek will take on a more prominent role in the offense for the remainder of the season.
McDonald now has yet another injury that will keep him from producing like a true starting tight end. Celek has been a solid playmaker with 13.1 yards per reception this season, but the 49ers need all the weapons they can get if they want to end their 12-game losing streak before the season is over.