San Francisco defensive end Ray McDonald sat out of practice on Friday and continued rehabilitation of an injured hamstring while watching from the sidelines. The severity of the injury is still unknown, and with a good week between now and the 49ers playoff opener at Candlestick Park on January 14th, his availability for the game is still a big question mark. McDonald suffered the pulled hamstring late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Recently named All-Pro Justin Smith (knee), recently named Pro-Bowler Carlos Rogers (knee) and Chris Culliver (knee) also sat out of practice on Friday. TE Delanie Walker (jaw) continued to sit out of practice, hasn't taken part since Dec. 22, and he is not expected to play next week.
"It's emotional," Walker said Friday, "First time in the playoffs and I get hurt, and not being able to play. Kind of hurts. But our team is doing well, and I'm recovering the way I want to recover, so who knows?"
The 49ers would certainly like to have him back but it doesn't look good for Walker, who has just recently begun to eat solid foods again after having his jaw wired shut following the Niners' win over Seattle two weeks ago.
Also notable, Ted Ginn, Kyle Williams and Bruce Miller all were good to go for Friday's practice.
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