The San Francisco 49ers could be without tight ends Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald when they face the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday afternoon. As a result, the Niners promoted Asante Cleveland from the practice squad.
If Davis (ankle/knee) and McDonald (knee) aren't able to suit up due to injures, then Cleveland, along with long snapper Kyle Nelson, will assume the backup tight end position behind Derek Carrier. Normally the third-string tight end, Carrier had three catches for 41 yards late in the game against the Chicago Bears, while Davis was being examined on the sidelines last week.
Cleveland signed with the Niners back in May as a undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami. Listed at 6'5" 260 pounds, the former Hurricane appeared in 40 games during his collegiate career, which included 10 starts and accumulated 14 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown. During the preseason, the 22-year old caught three passes for 22 yards and a touchdown.
Cleveland was one of the final cuts during training camp by the Niners, but was resigned to the practice squad on August 31st.Read more... Join the Conversation...