The 49ers announced that second-year tackle Mike McGlinchey would miss 4-6 weeks after having his knee scoped. That means for the new month, or so, the 49ers will be rolling out Daniel Brunskill and Justin Skule as their starting tackles. Incredible.
Brunskill has played eight snaps this season. Six of those came after McGlinchey was injured against the Browns. Two of them came against the Steelers when McGlinchey was having equipment issues. If you thought the 49ers were a run-heavy team before, we would see even more after another starting lineman goes down. Probably even more play-action, too. Monday night, Shanahan said that “we would have put McGlinchey back in if the game was close.” So much for that. Next man up is only applicable so many times. Speaking of...
Shanahan said the 49ers don’t plan to sign any of the many fullbacks they worked out. Shanahan said tight ends Ross Dwelley and George Kittle are the next men up for Kyle Juszczyk’s fullback position.
Through four games, the Niners have now lost four starters:
OT Joe Staley (leg) Out another 3 to 4 weeks
CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot) 3 to 4 weeks
FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee) 4 to 6 weeks
RT Mike McGlinchey (knee) 4 to 6 weeks