San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and safety Eric Reid both expressed optimism on Tuesday they will be able to play Sunday when the 49ers visit the New Orleans Saints.
The Associated Press reported the update on the players, who each suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss at Candlestick Park to the Carolina Panthers.
For Davis, it was his second concussion in as many seasons. For Reid, a rookie out of LSU, it was his second in as many months.
“I’m doing fine, feeling great,” Davis said. “All I can do is to wait for the doctors to tell me what I can do next.”
Reid was concussed tackling big Carolina running back Mike Tolbert in the third quarter.
“I’m feeling fine,” he said.
Garrett Celek, the backup tight end, is taking things day to day after he injured his hamstring in the first quarter.
“It was a freak thing,” Celek said. “It didn’t feel right. This is the first time something like this has happened. I don’t know how my body is going to respond.”
The 49ers were left with one healthy tight end for more than half the game after Davis went down midway through the second quarter, with Vance McDonald the last left standing at the position. San Francisco, which uses a lot of double tight-end formations, were forced to use veteran guard Adam Snyder as the second tight end, which limited pass routes and play-calling options.
The 49ers struggled through their worst offensive day of the season, finishing with three field goals, 151 total yards and just 46 passing yards in the 10-9 defeat.
It was just the second time the 49ers were held to less than 100 yards passing during Jim Harbaugh’s three seasons as head coach. The only other time was in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, when they were held to 96 passing yards.
It was their lowest offensive output since Nov. 5, 2006, when they amassed just 133 total yards in a 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Candlestick Park, which was known as Monster Park at the time.