The San Francisco 49ers have lost another starter to injury. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey suffered a torn quad during their week 9 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and will miss the remainder of the regular season.
McGlinchey drew the ire of 49ers fans on nearly a weekly basis in 2020, however, the former first-round pick was having a solid season. He has always been an above-average run blocker in a scheme that is at its best when it can run the ball and use play action to open passing lanes.
How the 49ers replace McGlinchey in the starting lineup will be interesting to watch as the team gets ready to face the Rams (7-2) on Monday night. On Sunday, it was veteran journeyman Tom Compton who stepped into the lineup. Another option would be rookie Jaylon Moore. Moore has played primarily on the left side this season, including one start. Shanahan did not rule out the possibility of Moore moving to the right side.
In other injury news, the 49ers will likely lose another defensive player to the injured reserve. First-year defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans is already playing without starters Javon Kinlaw, Dee Ford, Dre Greenlaw, Jason Verrett, Jaquiski Tartt and Jimmie Ward. Now Ward’s replacement, Tavon Wilson is likely to be heading to injured reserve after suffering a foot injury yesterday.
In addition, Josh Norman will be limited in practice with a rib injury and Dre Kirkpatrick will be day to day with an ankle injury.
After being pulled out of the game by the defensive coaching staff there were questions about Norman’s status with the team, however, that has not changed.
“No, actually I did not want him to be benched the whole game for that reason. I wanted him out of there to cool it down, so I was totally cool with that,” said Shanahan. “We came back into the third quarter, and I noticed Dre was still out there. I asked if that was because it was the same thing and they just kept going with Dre, which I’m okay with them making that decision. Josh has made some mistakes and stuff this year. I also like that he’s caused some turnovers and I like the way that he plays, but they wanted to roll with Dre. And I fully supported that for that second half.”
The 49ers hope to get Jimmie Ward back this week, but if he is unable to go that would leave recently signed Tony Jefferson to start in place of Ward.
Kyle Shanahan also told the Bay Area media that WR Mohamed Sanu suffered a knee injury and could be headed to the injured reserve. The team is waiting on MRI results to determine the next steps for Sanu.