Some good news for San Francisco 49ers fans: starting defensive end Ray McDonald will play on Sunday against the Cardinals despite suffering a partially torn bicep last game.
“It’s going to be sore,” McDonald told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “But it should be fine.”
However, McDonald will have surgery to repair the injury after the season.
McDonald suffered the arm injury in the third quarter of the 34-3 blowout over the Texans while recording a sack of quarterback Matt Schaub. McDonald told the Sacramento Bee that he felt a “sting” in his right biceps, and had an MRI on Monday.
McDonald recorded a sack and three tackles in Sunday night’s win.In five games this season, he recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
“We dodged a bullet there,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said on KNBR. “It looks like Ray might have walked one off.”
The 49ers are already without two of the their top defensive players in Patrick Willis and Aldon Smith. Willis is out with a groin injury, and Smith is taking a leave of indefinite absence seeking treatment for drug abuse.
Given their absences, the 49ers will need to have everyone else healthy, and McDonald’s presence on the field is surely needed.