The San Francisco 49ers will be without TE Vance McDonald (concussion) and ILB Michael Wilhoite (high-ankle sprain) as both players have officially been ruled out for tomorrow’s game against the lowly Cleveland Browns.
McDonald has been looking extremely strong as of late, as he has recorded 12 catches for 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his last three games. Not to mention, that McDonald missed a big chunk of the Chicago Bears game due to suffering a concussion — it’s a lone bright spot for a team trying to find it’s way.
The Rice product was considered a second-round bust up to this point, as his career never took off but it seems that he is finally turning the corner while building rapport with QB Blaine Gabbert.
Wilhoite only played seven snaps during last week’s first road victory as ILB Gerald Hodges took over his role.
It appears that Wilhoite suffered the injury on the Bears’ first play from scrimmage as he was shooting the c-gap while trying to make a gang tackle alongside teammate DE Quinton Dial. And while I was told that he suffered a ‘stress fracture’ it turns out that was not the case as Wilhoite told us it was a high-ankle sprain.
How long will Wilhoite be out of the lineup? That remains to be seen, as taking two weeks off is not a far off scenario.
With the 49ers trying to win-out the rest of their games, it won’t be easy as they fight to make the playoffs.