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Vernon Davis Inactive Against the Kansas City Chiefs

October 5th, 2014 at 1:14 PM
By Edwin Mariano Santiano Wise

Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis will not suit up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Davis suffered a lower back injury against the Philadelphia Eagles last week and did not return to action. In his place, second-year player Vance McDonald will get the start at tight end.

McDonald has had his share of injuries as well early on this season. McDonald has struggled to stay on the field as he's battled knee and leg injuries. The Rice product has been limited to two games and has only recorded one catch for nine yards.

Another second-year pro, tight end Derek Carrier, should also see some action against the Chiefs. McDonald is the superior blocker, while Carrier has shown the ability to catch the ball down field and in space.

The Niners have shown in the past that they will sway away from their identity from time to time when they are short handed on key blockers. When the Niners were without Davis and McDonald in their matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, the red and gold constantly came out in four receiver sets and starting running back Frank Gore was limited to only six carries for 10 yards.

Davis did not practice all week after coming back from a knee and ankle injury from the week before.

Davis has only nine catches for 96 yards and two touchdowns. However since week 2, Davis has just five catches for 47 and zero TD's.

The Niners are winless without Davis.

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