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GLENDALE, Arizona – The 49ers will take the field for their key NFC West matchup Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals without their top two tight ends.
Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee) were among the 49ers declared inactive for Sunday’s game.
Derek Carrier, the No. 3 tight end, will make his first NFL start. The 49ers promoted tight end Asante Cleveland from the practice squad to the active roster. He is scheduled to make his NFL debut.
Cornerback Tramaine Brock (toe) and right tackle Anthony Davis (hamstring) are also inactive. Perrish Cox and Jonathan Martin will start in place of Brock and Anthony Davis, respectively.
Vernon Davis will lose $25,000 by being named as one of the 49ers’ seven inactive players. Davis has up to $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses. He collects $25,000 for every game in which he suits up.
Carrier made the first catches of his NFL career last week against the Chicago Bears with three receptions for 41 yards.
Defensive lineman Tank Carradine, a second-round pick in 2013, is inactive for the second time in three weeks.
Brandon Lloyd returns to the active list, as the 49ers will suit up six wide receivers.
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
WR Quinton Patton
CB Tramaine Brock
OL Marcus Martin
T Anthony Davis
DL Tank Carradine
QB Carson Palmer
P Dave Zastudel
LB Victor Butler
LB Glenn Carson
LB Alex Okafor
NT Alameda Ta’amu
TE Rob Housler