49ers weighing options if McDonald sits

A decision on the playing status of Ray McDonald, who was arrested last weekend on domestic violence charges, has not been made yet as the San Francisco 49ers continue to weigh facts and information while letting due process play out.

The defensive tackle continues to practice, though. According to a team spokesman, McDonald joined his teammates about 40 minutes later Thursday after coming out 19 minutes late Wednesday.

Neither coach Jim Harbaugh, who gave a civics lesson to media Wednesday about the Constitution and the Fifth Amendment in discussing due process, nor general manager Trent Baalke, who earlier in the week reiterated Harbaugh's stance on zero tolerance for domestic violence, were available Thursday.

Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio could not comment on McDonald's status. He did say, however, that if McDonald is out, the 49ers should have enough bodies to step up Sunday in the season opener at the Dallas Cowboys.

"We feel good," Fangio said. "We've got [Demarcus] Dobbs and [Tony] Jerod-Eddie, [Quinton] Dial, Tank Carradine that are all ready and willing to go.

"Obviously, Ray would be a loss. He's one of our top players, particularly up front. But we played without Ray some last year, too. We'll be ready to go."

Fangio said it would be a "mix and match" situation as to who would play when for McDonald, as far as situations and packages.