49ers RT Mike McGlinchey is having his knee scoped and will miss the next month or so. He joins LT Joe Staley on the injury bench as Staley broke his leg back in Week 2 and himself is set for a November return timetable.
That means the Niners will be starting both backups at tackle: 2019 NFL Draft sixth-round pick Justin Skule on the left and third-year Daniel Brunskill on the right.
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.