49ers GM Baalke Says McDonald May Still Play After Arrest For Alleged Domestic Violence; Players Stand By Teammate
The general manager of the San Francisco 49ers said Tuesday it remains to be seen whether defensive lineman Ray McDonald will play in Sunday’s season opener at Dallas following his arrest on domestic violence charges, but reiterated head coach Jim Harbaugh’s earlier statement Tuesday denouncing such alleged behavior.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said he hopes there is no rush to judgment on the arrest of defensive lineman Ray McDonald but said any player guilty of such an action would not be welcome on the team.
49ers defensive end Ray McDonald got in a fight with his 10-weeks pregnant fiance early Sunday morning, leaving bruises on her arms and neck, according to police sources.
San Jose police report that Ray McDonald, defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, has posted bail and been released from jail following his arrest earlier for alleged domestic violence.
San Francisco enters this week’s game healthy. They had 7 players limited in practice Thursday, but not a single one will really be hampered by it during the game. Jacksonville on the other hand will be affected on both sides of the ball by various injured starters.
The scoreboard is not the only place where the 49ers were beat up this past weekend. After a relatively injury free start to the season, there are several players who now fill up the injury report, but the news is not all bad. Their opponent has two very significant injuries, and this game will not be nearly as physical as the war that was the game against Seattle.
Frank Gore will help the Niners keep the New Orleans Saints’ offense on the sidelines Saturday. Meantime, 49ers’ defensive end Ray McDonald, while not a star, could play key role for the Niners too.
The San Francisco 49ers reached agreement Wednesday on a five-year contract with defensive lineman Ray McDonald, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.