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49ers place TE Vance McDonald on IR




Three days after inking a lucrative contract extension, tight end Vance McDonald’s season is over.

McDonald was seen in a sling in the locker room after Sunday’s overtime loss to the Jets, and left the game with an apparent shoulder injury.

McDonald hauled in 24 receptions for a career-high 391 yards. ESPN reported his contract was worth $35 million over five seasons, with $16 million guaranteed. Conventional wisdom says that if GM Trent Baalke is still handing out money in future seasons, his job might not automatically be terminated after the season.

In a corresponding move, the 49ers claimed offensive lineman Josh Allen off the waiver wire — suggesting Daniel Kilgore’s knee injury could also be season-ending. Here’s more info on Allen from the 49ers’ PR staff.

Allen (6-3, 315) originally signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent on May 12, 2014 out of the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Following his release from Tampa Bay on August 31, 2014, he spent time on the Green Bay Packers practice squad before returning to the Buccaneers practice squad. He was later elevated to the Tampa Bay active roster and appeared in three games in 2014. Allen has spent the majority of the past two seasons on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.