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49ers injury report: Ray McDonald to get MRI

49ers defensive end Ray McDonald suffered a biceps injury on Sunday against the Houston Texans. We break down the latest information and the implications. New to Niners Nation? Sign up here and join the discussion!

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The San Francisco 49ers put together a dominant performance on Sunday Night Football defeating the Houston Texans 34-3, but they did suffer one notable injury. Defensive end Ray McDonald suffered an injury to his biceps muscle, costing him much of the second half.

Midway through the third quarter, McDonald was credited with a sack of Matt Schaub, but he came up in a bit of pain. He went to the sideline to get checked out by trainers, and shortly thereafter proceeded back to the locker room. He was ruled out of the game at that point, and returned out of his pads.

After the game, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said that McDonald would undergo an MRI on Monday. Ray McDonald spoke to the media, and I am seeing several different interpretations of his thoughts on the issue:

So, as far as I can tell, we really don't know what exactly is going on. We know he is getting an MRI, but beyond that, we don't know much else. Two indicate he was concerned, a couple thought he would be fine, one indicated it might not be a complete tear.

Coach Harbaugh will meet with the media tomorrow, although I don't expect much out of him on McDonald's injury. However, I imagine some kind of word from the MRI will leak out at some point, so we'll keep an eye out for that.

Losing McDonald for any stretch of time would be tough to handle. McDonald is not the flashiest of players, but he is an integral part of the defensive front. The 49ers moved Tony Jerod-Eddie into his spot Sunday night, and TJE came up with an interception, but the cupboard would grow barren with the loss.

There were reports earlier yesterday that the 49ers spoke with defensive end Richard Seymour. Apparently the two sides were aways apart on money. Depending on what happens with McDonald, I wonder if the two sides might find themselves a little bit closer? Or maybe the 49ers are comfortable with TJE and Demarcus Dobbs, and would just add a cheap depth option?

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