Joe Staley has started 92 consecutive games at left tackle for the 49ers. Whether he plays in 93, however, is doubtful.
That’s Staley’s injury designation for Sunday’s home game against the New York Jets after he suffered a hamstring strain at the end of Wednesday’s practice.
Coach Chip Kelly sounded somewhat optimistic about the veteran left tackle during his Friday morning radio show on KNBR, noting the 49ers had two more practice sessions prior to the game and calling Staley’s status “day to day.”
“So we’re hopeful, but we have two more days out on the field,” Kelly said.
Still, Staley didn’t end up practicing later that morning and a doubtful designation typically means a player won’t be in uniform.
If that’s the case, Zane Beadles would move from left guard to left tackle and Andrew Tiller, who started the first five games this season at right guard, would step into Beadles’ spot at left guard. It also likely means fifth-round draft choice John Theus, inactive for the first 12 games this season, would be in uniform as a backup Sunday.
Staley has the third-longest active streak among offensive tackles behind the Browns’ Joe Thomas (156) and the Raiders’ Donald Penn (153). The last game he missed was on Jan. 2, 2011, due to a broken fibula.
Barry Sims started in Staley’s place.
McDonald extension – The 49ers signed tight end Vance McDonald, one of the few big-play targets in their offense, to a five-year contract extension. Per ESPN, the deal is worth $35 million total and includes $16 million in guarantees.
McDonald, 26, was a second-round pick in 2013 and over his first 2 1/2 years was better known for untimely drops and turnovers than for clutch catches. However, he began to hit his stride last season after the 49ers traded tight end Vernon Davis. This season, McDonald ranks third on the team in both catches (24) and receiving yards (391) and has touchdown receptions of 75 and and 65 yards.
Davis, who was thought to be at the end of his career when the 49ers traded him to Denver, has had a bit of a resurgence for Washington, where he was born and raised. He has more catches (36) and yards (497) than McDonald.
Punt, pass & kick – Mya Sanchez, the Turlock girl who represented the 49ers last year in the NFL’s Punt, Pass & Kick competition, is back to defend her title.
Sanchez, 12, will compete Sunday morning with the other Northern California, Nevada and Utah qualifiers at Buchser Middle School in Santa Clara, the sixth consecuitve year she has made it to this level.
This time, however, she has company. Younger brothers, Avery, 9, and Ty, 6, also will compete on Sunday. The winners will be honored at halftime of the 49ers-Jets game and will go on to compete for the championship, which will be held at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla., in January.
Last year, Mya Sanchez, whose family is close with 49ers quarterback and fellow Turlock native Colin Kaepernick, came in second in the girls 10-11 category to a girl who represented the Titans.
This year she is competing against 13-year-olds. Is she nervous?
“No,” said her dad, Phil. “She plays up in all her sports. She’s always the youngest.”
Et ceteraThe only other players on the 49ers injury report besides Staley are defensive lineman Quinton Dial (elbow) and outside linebacker Aaron Lynch (ankle). Both are questionable, although Kelly on KNBR said he expects Lynch to play his first game since Oct. 23.
▪ Cornerback Rashard Robinson wasn’t fined for making a snow angel after an apparent 49ers touchdown Sunday in Chicago. Robinson was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
▪ The Jets have ruled out six players: safety Antonio Allen (concussion), offensive tackle Breno Giacomini (back, calf shoulder), wide receiver Jalin Marshall (concussion), linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin (ankle), defensive tackle Steve McLendon (hamstring), and running back Khiry Robinson (lower leg). Defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (ankle) is listed as questionable.