The San Francisco 49ers offensive line took some hits this past week against the Los Angeles Chargers, but the unit appears to be making progress for Week 5 vs. the Arizona Cardinals. Left tackle Joe Staley, right tackle Mike McGlinchey, and center Weston Richburg all missed Wednesday’s practice, but McGlinchey and Richburg appear set to get some work in on Thursday.
Positive 49ers practice news (ahead of official list)— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 4, 2018
CB Richard Sherman (calf), RT McGlinchey (knee), C Richburg (knee), S Colbert (hip), S Tartt (shoulder), WR Goodwin (hamstring), RB Breida (shoulder) all participating.
LT Joe Staley (knee) on side w/ trainers
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McGlinchey told the media before practice that the MRI on his knee came back clean, and he expects to play on Sunday. Richburg did not miss any snaps last week, but a knee injury had him banged up. The 49ers will release their official practice report in an hour or so, but it would appear both McGlinchey and Richburg will be listed as no worse than limited.
Staley is the kind of guy who can get limited practice in and still be cleared for the game. My guess is he will get a DNP or limited designation on Thursday, and then a limited designation on Friday. If he is unable to play on Sunday, Garry Gilliam would start in his place.
Richard Sherman is back at practice, but his status is up in the air. He was ruled out fairly quickly last week, and the expectation was that he would probably miss this week’s game. Sherman spoke to the media on Thursday before practice, and would not rule out being able to play. He said he would practice on Thursday and they would see how things develop from there. My guess is he doesn’t play on Sunday, but he is pushing for it.
Marquise Goodwin did not practice on Wednesday as he was dealing with hamstring and quadricep issues. The team will already be without Dante Pettis on Sunday, so getting Goodwin back would be big for depth on the outside.
We’ll have the full injury report later this afternoon or early evening.