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Coach Jim Harbaugh is "optimistic, very hopeful" that Davis (ankle) will return to action Sunday against the Eagles, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Both Davis and Vance McDonald sat out this past Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but Harbaugh's comments Monday suggest that Davis' absence could well be be limited to just one game. In any case, we'll track the tight end's practice participation in the advance of Week 4's 4:25 ET kickoff.

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Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald are both inactive for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

As a result, Derek Carrier will start at tight end for the 49ers on Sunday and merits a look by those scrambling to replace Davis this week.

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Davis (ankle) is doubtful to take the field Sunday at Arizona, NFL.com reports.

Although Davis was deemed a game-time decision on the final injury report of the week, he now seems all but certain to reside on the sideline in Week 3. On the other hand, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area speculated Saturday that Davis was instead questionable to play Sunday, leaving a sliver of doubt about his availability. Owners may want to take a prudent approach and explore other tight end options, but his status should nevertheless be confirmed prior to the 49ers' 4:05 PM ET kickoff.

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Davis (ankle/knee) did not practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona, CSN Bay Area reports.

Davis didn't practice at all this week, making him look like a highly questionable game-time decision for Sunday's game against Arizona. The 49ers have a 3:05 eastern time kickoff, which isn't ideal for his fantasy owners. Vance McDonald (knee) is also questionable, so it's not even clear who the backup would be if Davis needs to sit out.

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Davis (knee/ankle) did not practice Thursday, CSN Bay Area reports.

According to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco, Davis shed his crutches Thursday, but was still seen hobbling around in pain. While the absence of a sprain may allow the star tight end to suit up, he'll likely need the pain to subside within the next few days. Davis will likely be listed as either questionable or doubtful come Friday afternoon.

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Davis (ankle/knee) didn't partake in Wednesday's practice, the 49ers' official site reports.

Davis was on crutches during drills, but because he emerged from Sunday's loss to the Bears with merely a deep bruise in his left ankle, there's a possibility that he takes the field in Week 3 at Arizona. With no sprain to speak of, owners should watch his status with interest as the week continues onward.

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Davis' (ankle) MRI on Monday revealed only a deep bruise and no structural damage to his left ankle, making it possible that he plays Sunday against the Cardinals, CSN Bay Area reports.

Davis appears to have eluded a significant ankle injury, which could allow him to avoid missing any games. The tight end left Sunday night's game after getting his foot caught under an opponent and did not return following the incident. While Davis was seen using crutches after the game, he fortunately is only dealing with a bone bruise. At the moment, it's unclear if Davis will practice this week, making his status one to monitor on a day-to-day basis.

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Davis is slated to undergo an MRI on his left ankle, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports.

Davis' Week 3 status is uncertain at this stage, especially given that he was spotted on crutches after Sunday's loss to the Bears. With No. 2 TE Vance McDonald dealing with a right knee injury, Derek Carrier currently slots in as the team's healthiest option at the position.

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Davis (ankle) was seen on crutches after Sunday's game, ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez reports.

Davis left Sunday's game in the fourth quarter after his ankle got trapped under Bears linebacker Jon Bostic. The most likely diagnosis is a sprained ankle, but said injury still leaves a wide range of possibilities. Fantasy owners will hope that this isn't the dreaded high-ankle sprain, and while the crutches aren't a good sign, they also aren't cause to panic. If Davis misses time beyond Sunday, Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier will take on increased roles in the offense, with McDonald the more intriguing fantasy option.

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Davis left Sunday's game with an ankle injury and will not return, ESPN.com's Stephania Bell reports.

Davis' ankle got trapped under the body of Bears linebacker Jon Bostic when the tight end made an eight-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. Should Davis miss time beyond Week 2, Vance McDonald and Derek Carrier would be in line for added opportunities at tight end. McDonald, a 2013 second-round draft pick, is the more interesting of the two players from a fantasy perspective, but the 49ers often struggled to keep Davis involved, so it would be unwise to expect big things from a lesser tight end. Davis finished his night with three receptions for 39 yards on three targets.