San Francisco 49ers Lose Big in First Ever Game at Levi’s Stadium

Another week, another rout for the San Francisco 49ers. For the second week in a row, the 49ers were dismantled in the preseason, as the Denver Broncos cruised to a 34-0 win in the team’s first ever game at Levi’s Stadium. Stars like Patrick Willis, Justin Smith, Ray McDonald and Vernon Davis played no part in the underwhelming display Peyton Manning, who was in midseason form...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Defensive Line preview: Will the line continue to stop the run?

For the past three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers have ranked in the top 4 for the least amount of rushing yards per game by an opposing team. The 49ers have given up a total average of 89.13 yards per game in those three seasons, according to ESPN. That reason is mainly due to the fact that the opposing running backs cannot find an opening as they meet the wall of the 49ers defensive...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers Sign Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio Through 2015

Sean McMahonAccording to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the San Francisco 49ers extended the contract of defensive coordinator Vic Fangio today. 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh has lobbied for all of his assistants to receive a pay raise, and apparently the front office agrees with his stance. Ironically, Fangio’s deal runs through 2015 – the same year Harbaugh’s contract...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers using age to D-line’s advantage; should they get another piece in free agency?

A 3-4 defense asks a lot and rewards little for defensive linemen — their job is draw as many blockers as possible to free up space for the linebackers. With that in mind, the 49ers D-line had an excellent 2013 season. The commanding play by ends Justin Smith and Ray McDonald and backup nose tackle Glenn Dorsey, who filled in well for Ian Williams after he broke his leg in Week...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Key Performances in the 49ers’ Win over the Packers

Sean McMahon1.) Ray McDonald, Defensive End – Ray was all over the place, and absolutely destroyed the Packers’ Evan Dietrich-Smith and T.J. Lang. It wasn’t finesse or savvy that won these matchups, but brute strength. McDonald and Ahmad Brooks were a dominant pairing on Sunday, easily matching the performances of the more-hyped tandem of Justin and Aldon Smith. While the...
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January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers Season Recap: Final Grades for the Defense

Sean McMahon49ersLife.com transitions to the defensive side of the ball, handing out final grades for a unit that was again considered one of the NFL’s best. The 49ers’ defense was overlooked by many this season: They finished 3rd in points allowed, 5th in total yards allowed, 7th in passing defense, and 4th in run defense. They had incredible balance, and are the only defense in...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

49ers’ Injury Report: Mike Iupati and Ray McDonald non-practice participants

The San Francisco 49ers’ may have issues with the strength of their offensive line this weekend against the Washington Redskins, according to their official web site. Starting guard Mike Iupati was listed as a non-participant in Friday’s practice leaving his status for this weekend in serious question. If he is unable to play, the 49ers’ run-game could suffer significantly...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers’ injury report: Ray McDonald OUT while Justin Smith listed as PROBABLE

The San Francisco 49ers’ will have their work cut out for them this week as they travel across country to visit the red-hot New Orleans Saints. Luckily, they may get a slight boost in their passing game as veteran receiver Mario Manningham appears close to returning to the field after missing every game so far this season with a knee injury, according to their official web site...
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November 16, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers drop to 6-3 with loss to Panthers

In all honesty I don’t know what to say about this game. The 49ers lost 10-9 at home against the Panthers.  They had the game early, but didn’t take advantage of the opportunities the defense gave them. Colin Kaepernick finished the day 11 of 21 for 91 yards, yes that is not a typo. The offense could not do anything. Kap was pressured all day long. The defense shut the Panthers...
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November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers’ injury report: Justin Smith and Ray McDonald limited in practice

The San Francisco 49ers’ once again have several defensive lineman that are banged up this week, according to their official web site. Defensive tackles Ray McDonald and Justin Smith are both listed as limited in what has become typical fashion. These two big men are vital to San Francisco’s defense and head coach Jim Harbaugh is likely just giving them some extra rest before...
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October 26, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers’ injury report: Justin Smith and Ray McDonald listed as questionable

The San Francisco 49ers’ may lack depth on their defensive line this weekend against the Tennessee Titans, according to their official web page. Defensive linemen Justin Smith (shoulder), Ray McDonald (biceps), and Glenn Dorsey (hamstring) are all listed as questionable. Missing any one of these players would be a significant blow to the 49ers’ front seven but losing several...
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October 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Looks like Patrick Willis, Ray McDonald will play

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle,  49ers linebacker Patrick Willis (groin) and Ray McDonald (biceps) look like they’ll play on Sunday. The only truly questionable #49ers are LB Patrick Willis (groin) and, possibly, DT Ray McDonald (biceps). Appears both with play. — Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) October 11, 2013   Need NFL Tickets? Loading... ...
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October 12, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers injury report: Patrick Willis and Justin Smith Limited

While the San Francisco 49ers’ offense continues to get healthier, the same cannot be said of the defensive side of the ball, according to their official team web page. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald did not practice Thursday with a biceps injury. Unfortunately, that injury may also cause him to miss a key divisional matchup this weekend. To make matters worse, fellow defensive...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers' injury report: Patrick Willis and Justin Smith limited in practice

While the San Francisco 49ers’ offense continues to get healthier, the same cannot be said of the defensive side of the ball, according to their official web page. Defensive lineman Ray McDonald did not practice Thursday with a biceps injury. Unfortunately, that injury may also cause him to miss a key divisional matchup this weekend. To make matters worse, fellow defensive lineman...
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October 11, 2013  |  Discuss

McDonald Expects to Play vs. Cardinals

San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald expects to play Sunday when the 49ers host the Arizona Cardinals.
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray McDonald plans on playing with a partially torn bicep

49ers defensive end Ray McDonald says he plans on playing even though he suffered a partially torn bicep during last Sunday’s win over the Texans, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. The “bee sting” that Ray McDonald felt in his right arm three days ago turned out to be a partially torn bicep tendon, the 49ers defensive end said Tuesday. McDonald said the injury shouldn’t...
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October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

NFL News & Rumors: Tuesday 10/8

NFLTR NFL Power Rankings: Week 6. (NFLTR) NFL The three bid cities for Super Bowl 52 are Indianapolis, Minneapolis and New Orleans. (Albert Breer) The NFL will play three games in London next season. (NFLTR) 49ers DE Ray McDonald is dealing with a strained right bicep. (CSN Bay Area) Bears TE Martellus Bennett put in a limited practice on Tuesday. (Brad Biggs) WR Alshon...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Harbaugh: McDonald's MRI checks out fine

Defensive end Ray McDonald is not expected to be out of action an extended period of time after the 49ers received the results on his MRI examination. “We dodged a bullet there” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday morning on his KNBR radio show. “It looks like Ray might have walked one off." McDonald sustained a right biceps strain Sunday night in the third quarter...
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October 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Carradine, Dial to Start Practicing Next Week

The 49ers might be without starting defensive lineman Ray McDonald for a prolonged period, but Jim Harbaugh said he expects reinforcements to come starting next week.
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray McDonald scheduled for MRI on biceps

Defensive end Ray McDonald's third-quarter sack could have been costly for the 49ers. McDonald sustained a right biceps injury in the process of recording a sack of Matt Schaub in the third quarter against the Houston Texans in the 49ers' 34-3 victory on Sunday night at Candlestick Park. The 49ers' medical staff examined McDonald on the sideline for several minutes...
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October 07, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers' tight end Vernon Davis plans to play against Colts

Tight end Vernon Davis hasn't practiced all week but sounds encouraged his left hamstring won't keep him out of Sunday's game against Indianapolis. He is listed as questionable as are defensive tackle Ray McDonald (ankles) safety Eric Reid (concussion) and running back LaMichael James (knee). Davis said he was simply waiting on clearance from team doctors to play. He...
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September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Asomugha Strong in Day 6 of Camp

The 49ers wrapped up their first week of training camp Wednesday in Santa Clara with a practice that consisted heavily of 11-on-11 work with starters and backups getting an equal share of reps. Inside is a number of notable injuries, Greg Roman on Chad Hall and Vernon Davis and Ray McDonald talks about the importance of depth on the defensive front.
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

49ers have work cut out searching for a defensive end in draft

The San Francisco 49ers are going to have their work cut out for them on draft day for 3-4 defensive ends, after losing Ricky Jean-Francois to the Colts, and aging veterans in Justin Smith who turns 34 in September and Ray McDonald who turns 29 in September too. If you bring up Glenn Dorsey, then you’re fooling yourself. Luckily the 49ers 2013 draft needs can be filled because...
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April 10, 2013  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers: Defense Prepares To Strike Gold in Super Bowl XLVII

The San Francisco 49ers continue their quest for six Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII (aka the “HarBowl”) against Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens. Colin Kaepernick has truly taken the NFL by storm in his second season, leading his team to a 7-2 record as a starter (including the postseason). [RELATED: Super Bowl XLVII: Joe Flacco vs. Colin Kaepernick Matchup] And of course head...
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February 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Ray McDonald no stranger to championships

GAINESVILLE, Fla. The game has been a part of Ray McDonalds story from the very beginning. Born in the wee morning hours of Sept. 2, 1984, the sounds of football could be heard almost right up to McDonalds birth. His father, Ray McDonald Sr., was a standout receiver for the Gators at the time. Florida opened the 1984 season a few hours earlier on the night of Sept. 1 against Miami...
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January 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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