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When will Alex Boone be back in the starting lineup?

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to welcome Alex Boone back to the team on Monday. The right guard reportedly agreed to a restructured final two years of his contract. Will he be back in the starting lineup right away?

Ronald Martinez

The San Francisco 49ers have reportedly worked out a deal with right guard Alex Boone that will get him back to camp with a new 2-year deal that pays him $6 million, and could reach $8 million. According to Ian Rapoport, the team took Boone's incentives and rolled them into base salary, with All Pro awards potentially netting him the additional $2 million.

The big question now is when will Boone be back in the starting lineup? He missed the entire offseason workout program, and all of training camp and the preseason. We won't know what kind of shape he is in until he reports to camp, but that could determine when he gets back in the lineup. Do we see him Week 1, or does the team work him in slowly and get him back in the starting lineup Week 2? Or does it take longer? The team has not addressed this, and there is no media availability until Tuesday.

My guess is we see him play next Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, but it's hard to really know anything with any certainty when we'll see him on the field. Jim Harbaugh will meet with the media at some point this week, and I don't expect a clear answer at this point. Some word will leak at some point, so we'll keep an eye on that.