49ers offense must make do now without McGlinchey and Juszczyk

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers aren’t losing games but they keep losing starters to injury, and Wednesday brought surprising news that right tackle Mike McGlinchey will undergo minor knee surgery.

Arthroscopic surgery Thursday will sideline McGlinchey four to six weeks, the first games he’ll have missed as last year’s first-round draft pick and in his entire career. He is believed to have sustained cartilage damage in Monday night’s 31-3 win over the Cleveland Browns, not long after fullback Kyle Juszczyk suffered a sprained knee that will keep him out four to six weeks.

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) looks to block for San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio)

In the preceding two wins, left tackle Joe Staley (fractured fibula) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (sprained foot) went down with four-to-six-week injuries, and because these starters at least dodged a season-ending issue, the 49ers would have to cut someone else from the roster for potential replacements.

“We’ve got a decent record right now, we’ve got to keep it going, so hopefully when they come back, they’re part of something,” said Shanahan, whose 49ers (4-0) visit the Los Angeles Rams (3-2) on Sunday.

For now, first-year tackle Daniel Brunskill will replace McGlinchey, as he did for six snaps Monday once Shanahan pulled a reluctant McGlinchey from the rout.

“He didn’t want to go out because he didn’t think he was that hurt or was after the game,” Shanahan said. “When we checked it out, it was a surprise to him, a surprise to all of us.”

Justin Skule has fared well through two starts in place of Staley. Sam Young is the only other tackle and he’s been inactive through two …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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