The San Francisco 49ers had a horrific second half against the Chicago Bears, but the one bit of good news is they did not get hammered too badly by injuries. Tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald each suffered injuries, but as far as I can tell, nobody else really had any issues.
McDonald suffered a knee injury at some point in the second quarter, and was quickly listed as questionable to return. He was replaced by Derek Carrier, who hauled in a 22-yard reception on the 49ers second touchdown drive. However, McDonald was back on the field early in the third quarter, and as far as I can tell, played the rest of the game.
Davis suffered an ankle injury when a defender sort of rolled him on the ankle during a tackle in the fourth quarter. After the game, Davis was spotted on crutches and several media members said he did not look to be in too much pain.
Vernon Davis' injured left ankle had him on crutches after the game. Not word on severity of injury. He didn't look in too much pain.— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 15, 2014
Obviously it's hard to tell without further word, but I'd imagine Vernon had an X-ray, and might potentially have an MRI tomorrow. Jim Harbaugh did not have an update after the game. He will likely be asked on Monday about the ankle, but I'm not expecting much in the way of an answer. Other than that, the 49ers did OK in terms of injuries. So they've got that going for them.
I will say that Derek Carrier flashed some things in his limited appearance. He finished with 3 receptions for 41 yards. Pass catching is not his issue, as he is a converted wide receiver. Rather, he has been working to improve as a blocking tight end. We'll see if his solid performance on Sunday gets him more opportunities in the coming weeks.