Ray McDonald will travel with the team to Dallas and will play on Sunday, Jim Harbaugh said Friday just hours before the 49ers departed to play the Cowboys.
“Yes,” Harbaugh said when asked if McDonald would play Sunday. Then he added: “As it stands now, yes.”
McDonald was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic abuse. The police have not yet handed the case to the district attorney’s office, which means that if there is an official charge against McDonald, it won’t come until next week at the earliest.
Harbaugh all week expressed his repulsion of domestic violence. But he also said the 49ers wouldn’t act until “due process” has occurred, which Harbaugh said boiled down to finding the “facts and information” regarding what happened at McDonald’s birthday party early Sunday morning. Police said McDonald’s fiancee, who is 10 weeks pregnant, had visible injuries, which prompted McDonald’s arrest.
“The two principles are woven together here,” Harbaugh said. "I just feel like the way the facts are, and what’s known, he has the liberty to play in the game.”
McDonald practiced throughout the week. He was late coming out to practice on Wednesday and Thursday because “he was dealing with the matter,” Harbaugh said.
Last year, Aldon Smith practiced on the day he was arrested for DUI and he played every snap in the game two days later.
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