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Ray McDonald’s agent says client has drawn interest; Chase Thomas injures knee

Ray McDonald, dismissed by the 49ers in December, is part of an ongoing criminal investigation
Ray McDonald, dismissed by the 49ers in December, is part of an ongoing criminal investigation The Bee

-- Ray McDonald's agent said Thursday he expects both the criminal investigation of his client and the NFL's own investigation to wrap up shortly, allowing McDonald to find a new home in free agency.

“As you know, he's a very good football player," Tom Condon said at Stanford's pro day . "And there are certainly a number of teams that are inquiring about him." Condon said McDonald already has been interviewed by the league regarding the December incident.

McDonald, a defensive lineman, has not been arrested or charged in the investigation, which began in December when a woman told police she "possibly" was sexually assaulted by McDonald in his San Jose home. McDonald, 30, also was the subject of a domestic violence case in August involving his then-fiancee, but no charges ultimately were filed in that matter.

In December, the 49ers released McDonald for what they said was a pattern of poor decision making. Earlier this month, NFL.com reported that Condon notified teams that McDonald's attorney has been informed that no charges will be filed against McDonald. The district attorney's office responded by saying the case is ongoing.

"I would anticipate that they don't find anything," Condon said. "And, of course, as Ray has said publicly, he's got video evidence of consensual sex over a two-day period of time."

McDonald has been among several current and former 49ers defensive players working out at San Jose State this offseason. Condon said he was confident that McDonald will be cleared in the case but conceded that "it still will be an influencing factor as far as teams are concerned just because of the sensitivity of the issue. It's unfortunate, but that's the way it goes."

Thomas injured -- Former Stanford and current 49ers pass rusher Chase Thomas had a brace on his right knee Thursday, the result of an ACL tear. Thomas suffered the injury when he planted awkwardly during an offseason training session.

Thomas spent the beginning of the 2014 season on the 49ers' practice squad but was elevated to the active roster in November. He was mainly limited to special teams and finished with two special teams tackles.

He is one of several outside linebackers on the team. The others: Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Aaron Lynch and Corey Lemonier.

49ers coaches on hand -- The 49ers new coaching staff was well represented at Stanford. Among those watching prospects on Thursday were wide receivers coach Ronald Curry -- presumably there to look at Stanford's Ty Montgomery -- special teams coach Thomas McGaughey and defensive assistant Aubrayo Franklin. A slimmed down Montgomery ran his 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, a big improvement over the 4.55-second mark he had last month at the combine.

Linebackers coach Jason Tarver, who formerly served as Stanford's defensive coordinator, also was in attendance.

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