Left tackle Joe Staley returned to 49ers practice Friday after missing the previous two days with a knee injury, but tight end Vernon Davis will miss his second consecutive game with a knee injury.
Davis, who hurt his knee late in a Week 3 loss to the Cardinals, practiced on a limited basis throughout the week, but he was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants on the team’s injury report.
“Obviously Vernon is a dynamic football player, but we’ll see,” Jim Tomsula said when asked about Davis’ availability before Friday’s practice. “We get through today and we keep going. But I have liked the other guys, too. I don’t want to discredit them. I mean, obviously, Vernon is a heck of a football player, but the other guys have been doing a nice job and we’re excited about that whole room.”
Vance McDonald started in place of Davis on Sunday. McDonald is dealing with a chest injury but practiced Friday.
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Staley officially is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, but he has taken part in a week’s worth of walk throughs and practiced Friday.
“It never reached that point,” Tomsula said when asked if there was concern Staley wouldn’t suit up. “Again, we’re going to get him moving around. I’m not going to put anybody in danger.”
Staley hasn’t missed a start since 2010 and has made the Pro Bowl the past four years. Seventh-round draft pick Trent Brown filled in for Staley at left tackle in practice Wednesday and Thursday.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks is with his family in Louisiana this week after the death of his older sister. His agent said Thursday that Brooks will not play against the Giants; the 49ers listed him as doubtful.
Receiver Quinton Patton, who is recovering from a concussion Sunday, is listed as questionable. He practiced on a limited basis Thursday and Friday.
Matthews not fined – The NFL did not fine Packers linebacker Clay Matthews for a second-half hit on Kaepernick during Sunday’s game.
Kaepernick handed the ball to his running back while in a read-option formation but Matthews – who before a 49ers-Packers game in 2013 had warned he would do so – hit Kaepernick after the handoff. Matthews was not penalized.
After the game, Kaepernick said the hit was late and to his head.
“No, I didn’t get a reason why it wasn’t,” Kaepernick said when asked if he received an explanation for why there was no flag. “To me, not only did I not have the ball but it was also targeting the head. But, to me, we’re on to the next play. I can’t sit there and complain about it.”