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Harbaugh: McDonald’s legal process must play out

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh insists public pressure will not sway his decision to play Ray McDonald during an investigation into the defensive lineman’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Harbaugh says there “could be” a resolution in the case this week for McDonald, arrested at his home Aug. 31 while celebrating his 30th birthday with teammates and friends.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera benched defensive end Greg Hardy for the team’s 24-7 win over Detroit after he was active in Week 1. Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats. He is appealing.

McDonald has played and started both games so far for San Francisco (1-1), which lost 28-20 to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom called for McDonald’s benching before the game.

 

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