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49ers HC Jim Harbaugh said Monday that he's "optimistic" TE Vernon Davis (ankle) will be back for Week 4.  Davis didn't seem particularly close to playing this past Sunday.  He was on crutches until Thursday and didn't practice at all.  We'll keep a close eye on his status throughout this week.

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49ers TEs Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee) are inactive for today’s game against Arizona.  Derek Carrier, a 2012 undrafted free agent, will start for San Francisco.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that it's "doubtful" 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) plays against the Cardinals today.  Davis is listed as questionable but didn't practice all week and was on crutches until Thursday.  With TE Vance McDonald (knee) also unlikely to play, Derek Carrier will serve as San Francisco's primary pass-catching TE.  He's just a desperation fantasy play.  Davis' absence figures to mean a few extra targets for WRs Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin.

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The 49ers have listed TE Vernon Davis (ankle) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.  He didn't practice all week, though, and seems like a long shot to play.  TE Vance McDonald (knee) is in the same boat as Davis -- questionable after not practicing this week.  Look for former undrafted free agent TE Derek Carrier to draw the Week 3 start.  He hauled in 3 of 4 targets for 41 yards last week.  Despite a plus matchup, though, Carrier is just a desperation fantasy option.

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49ers insider Paul Gutierrez spotted TE Vernon Davis (ankle) walking with a "major limp" on Thursday.  HC Jim Harbaugh tried to downplay Davis' injury earlier this week, but he's looking like a long shot to play against the Cardinals on Sunday.  We'll have another update on his status tomorrow.

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As expected, 49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle) sat out practice on Wednesday. Davis was spotted on crutches, but HC John Harbaugh believes his TE “dodged a bullet” with the injury. The 30-year-old has missed just 1 game since 2007, and he might be a game-time decision come Sunday. San Francisco travels to Arizona in Week 3.

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The MRI on 49ers TE Vernon Davis' injured ankle revealed only a deep bruise, according to insider Matt Maiocco.  Davis has no structural damage and has a chance to play against the Cardinals this weekend.  It's excellent news after he left the stadium on crutches last week.  We'll track his status over the next few days.  Consider him questionable for Week 3 for now.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis was spotted on crutches following Sunday night's loss to the Bears.  He injured his ankle when it got tangled underneath him.  The crutches -- plus the fact that Davis was quickly ruled out for the game -- hint at a potentially severe injury.  Davis will likely undergo an MRI on Monday.  We'll pass along an update when we get one.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis suffered an ankle injury in the 2nd half of Sunday night's game and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the contest.  That often times suggests a significant injury, although Davis was able to walk off the field with only a slight limp.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis reported for the start of training camp.  He's looking for a new contract, and there were on-and-off rumors all offseason that he'd hold out of camp.  That's a non-issue now.  Davis remains an elite pass-catching TE, but we're not expecting him to match last year's big 52-850-13 line.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis is skipping OTAs in search of a new contract.  He has 2 years remaining on his current deal.  Davis is coming off a monster 52-850-13 season.  But he turns 31 in January and is on the downside of his career.  There's little reason for the 'Niners to ink him to an extension.  We'll see if this holdout extends into training camp.  For now, we're not downgrading Davis' 2014 fantasy outlook.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis (concussion) is active for today’s game against New Orleans.  He passed all the necessary tests and is safe to play in a potentially high scoring game. 

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49ers insider Matt Maiocco believes TE Vernon Davis (concussion) is "on pace" to play against the Saints on Sunday.  Davis went through his final concussion test on Friday afternoon.  We don't know the results, but HC Jim Harbaugh said, "it seems so" when asked if Davis was on track to play.  “It all depends on how I feel the next two days,” Davis said. “Up to this point, I’ve been fine. No complaints or worries.”  It's a tricky situation in fantasy because 49ers-Saints doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET.  But Davis' upside is worth waiting on unless you have another top 5 option.

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49ers TE Vernon Davis (concussion) is questionable for this weekend's game against the Saints.  He practiced all week but was in a no-contact jersey.  He still has 1 more test to pass in order to play on Sunday.  We might not know his official status until inactives are announced around 3 pm ET on Sunday.  Fantasy owners hoping to use Davis need to have another late-game option lined up.  Charles Clay, Zach Miller and John Carlson are a few options.

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49ers HC John Harbaugh announced that TE Vernon Davis has been cleared for "non-contact participation."  Harbaugh also noted that VD is not experiencing concussion symptoms.  It’s obviously excellent news, and it puts him on track to face the Saints this week.  We’ll monitor his practice progress throughout the week, but he’s tentatively expected to hit the field on Thursday. 

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