By: Phillip Torres
SANTA CLARA- The San Francisco 49ers are set to open up the 2014 regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on September 7th. Already without All-Pro linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine regular season games, San Francisco might have to be without another key piece on their defense. Defensive tackle Ray McDonald’s status with the team remains uncertain following his arrest on Sunday on suspicion of felony domestic violence at his home in San Jose.
According to police-dispatch audio, obtained by ABC 7 News, the unnamed victim, that is involved in the incident, claimed McDonald was “hitting her” and “was trying to pull her out of the house. She’s 10 weeks pregnant and refusing medical.”
If the case prevents McDonald from playing on Sunday in Dallas, it is likely that Tony Jerod-Eddie will start in his place. Jerod-Eddie started all four preseason games in place of McDonald as he was recovering from a hamstring strain.
The 49ers appear to be the deepest at every position then they have been a while, so the absence of McDonald for a few games should not hurt the team to much. But, whenever you lose your starting DT, it does effect the defense in some way. San Francisco is looking to start the season off with a victory before coming back to Levi’s Stadium to play their first ever regular season home opener against the Chicago Bears September 14th.
San Francisco will be going up against a pretty good Dallas offense in week one. Tony Romo and company will look to start off the season 1-0 as they try to take the NFC east and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. The Cowboys will be a tough task as Dez Bryant and the Dallas offense will look to go after the 49ers new secondary.
San Francisco will have some help back on the offensive line as offensive guard Alex Boone ended his holdout after agreeing to a two year extension. The new deal basically just makes his incentive money a guarantee over the next two seasons. Boone is a very versatile lineman that can play multiple positions on the offensive line. This is great news for the 49ers as they just recently cut Adam Snyder to make room on the 53-man roster.