Vance McDonald Injury: Updates on 49ers TE's Shoulder and Recovery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured 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 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.

Continue for updates.


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.

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