49ers trade TE Vance McDonald to Steelers


49ers trade TE Vance McDonald to Steelers

The 49ers have found a taker for tight end Vance McDonald as they have traded him to Pittsburgh, the team announced Tuesday.

The 49ers dealt McDonald and a fifth-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday morning in exchange for a fourth-round pick, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.

Terms of the deal was first reported by ESPN.

The trade ends McDonald's four-year run with the 49ers. In December, he signed a five-year extension to stay in San Francisco.

First-year 49ers GM issued the following statement regarding the trade:

“We would like to thank Vance for his contributions to this organization on the field and in the community over the last four seasons. Although I have only known Vance for a short time, I quickly learned that he and his wife, Kendi, have been tremendous representatives for the team in the community and their service to others is quite commendable. We wish the McDonald family all the best as they move on to a new opportunity in Pittsburgh."

Last season, McDonald caught 24 passes in 11 games for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

With McDonald now out of the picture, the 49ers' tight ends appear to be Garrett Celek, George Kittle and Logan Paulsen.

The 49ers drafted McDonald in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams


49ers running back Carlos Hyde sustains hip injury early vs Rams

SANTA CLARA -- Running back Carlos Hyde sustained a hip injury in the first quarter of the 49ers’ game Thursday night against the Los Angeles Rams.

Hyde left the game, and the club listed him as questionable to return to action.

Hyde carried the ball three consecutive times for a combined 25 yards before leaving with an apparent injury to his left side. He sat out seven plays while the 49ers medical staff evaluated him.

Hyde returned in time to pick up 4 yards on a third-and-1 play from the Los Angeles 19. He immediately left the game again and was examined further by the team’s medical staff.

The absence didn't last too long as Hyde returned to action in the second quarter.

Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut


Inactives: 49ers third-round pick yet to make his debut

As the 49ers take on the Rams on Thursday Night Football, the team will be without five defenders and two from offense. 

Ahkello Witherspoon, who the team drafted in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, will have to wait to make his debut another week. 

Below is the full list of inactives from Insider Matt Maiocco.