Jim Harbaugh, however, was far less direct on the subject.
The 49ers coach said “We’ll see,” when asked about the playing status of the team’s starting left guard for the past 58 consecutive games.
Iupati has been moving around on crutches this week and has a large brace on his left knee. Barring a miraculous recovery, it’s more than likely
He last played left guard in the preseason, but in a real game, it was in the 2011 NFC title game.
“It’s a good opportunity,” Snyder said of the possibility of lining up with San Francisco’s starting five offensive linemen.
The 6-foot-6, 325-pound guard is looking forward to the challenge, too.
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Snyder doesn’t know if Washington will test him with stunts or blitzes on Monday night, but he’s prepared for anything. Snyder will likely match up with eighth-year veteran defensive end Stephen Bowen.
“They can target me if they want,” he said. “I’ve played in the league long enough, I know what it is.”
Iupati’s absence will be key for the 49ers to overcome. The mauling guard is also one of the best pulling linemen in the NFL. Snyder looks to maintain that standard of play against Washington. He also wants to blend in with the other talented players on San Francisco’s offensive line.
“The four other guys are All-Pro type of guys and I’m expecting myself to step in and not have any drop-off with the production,” Snyder said.
Snyder has the support of the 49ers locker room, including star running back
The franchise’s all-time leading rusher spoke highly of Snyder, a fellow member of San Francisco’s 2005 draft class.
On Thursday, Snyder returned the favor by explaining what makes Gore so effective in his ninth season.
“I think he runs with a purpose and I think he’s done that for his whole career,” Snyder said. “He runs as hard as he can for every yard, every inch he can get. He’s shown that for nine years and he’s been a hell of a back for that long. To be in your 30s and run the ball way he is, it’s pretty impressive.”