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San Francisco 49ers get thinner at right guard after injuries, expected to add to roster

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San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Mike Person goes through a practice in Santa Clara, Calif., on Aug. 5, 2018. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

By C.J. Peterson
Special to S.F. Examiner

SANTA CLARA — San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday that both starting right guard Mike Person and backup right guard Joshua Garnett will be questionable for Week 2’s matchup against the Detroit Lions.

According to Shanahan, Person suffered a foot strain and Garnett dislocated a toe, resulting both players’ premature exit from the team’s 24-16 season-opening loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

“We don’t know how long it’s going to be but the good news is that nothing was broken with either of them,” Shanahan said during his Week 1 review at Levi’s Stadium. “No [injury reserve] or anything but we’ve got to see how they respond to treatment this week to kind of have an idea.”

With Person and Garnett’s status up in the air, Shanahan and the rest of the 49ers coaching staff will be tasked with constructing a contingency plan for who will step into the role of right guard against Detroit. 

As immediate options, the 49ers will look to offensive linemen Erik Magnuson, who, as of now, will be limited to individual drills, and Matt Tobin, who recently signed a one-year deal with the 49ers, to provide depth at guard and center.

 “We have a few options and we’ll be fluid with that stuff through the week,” Shanahan explained.

Right guard has been an area of concern for the 49ers offense throughout all of the preseason and training camp this year heading into the regular season.

After awarding Person the start just days before traveling to Minnesota to open the season, San Francisco saw both their starter and backup go down within 20 minutes of one and other.

 In wake of the sudden hole presented by the injuries, Shanahan elected to place rookie right tackle Mike McGlinchey at guard as a sort of stop gap. Subsequently, backup offensive tackle Garry Gilliam was inserted at right tackle in McGlinchey’s place.

 “I was so impressed with McGlinchey,” Shanahan said. “It was his first NFL game, he’s never played guard and you could see that there was nothing about him that scared to go try it. He knew he had to do it and he didn’t flinch at all.

“He went in there, competed, did the best he could and did a pretty good job. I know there were a couple mistakes, as expected, but it was not too big for him. And him going in there did give us a chance to come back and win that game.”

The team will also be conducting workouts that will likely include additional offensive linemen, considering the wave of injuries that have ravished the group.

“We’ve got some workouts, bringing in a number of positions tomorrow,” Shanahan said. “I’m sure we will add someone before Wednesday, before we practice again.”

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