The San Francisco 49ers could be getting some reinforcements this weekend against the Seattle Seahawks. Joe Staley, who has missed the team's last three games due to a hamstring injury, could return to action in Week 17.
The team's Pro Bowl left tackle is officially listed as questionable to play against Seattle on New Years Day. If Staley is able to go, that would move Trent Brown back to right tackle. Should Staley be inactive for the fourth straight contest, Brown would make his second consecutive start at left tackle and rookie John Theus would make another start at right tackle.
"If I'm healthy," Staley said earlier in the week, "I'm 100-percent playing. It just sucks sitting out. I've prided myself on being available to the football team every single week. I had a nice little (active) streak going there for a while. It was kind of a bummer to sit out, especially for a little hamstring injury."
Regardless of Staley's status, Zane Beadles should remain at center since Marcus Martin is out with an ankle injury. What's more intriguing is what the 49ers will do at left guard. Andrew Tiller is also out with an ankle injury with leaves a void at left guard. Andrew Gardner, an offensive lineman signed on Dec. 21, could be an option to step into the starting lineup.
Also of note, Rashard Robinson is questionable with a hamstring injury. The rookie cornerback recorded his first career interception in Week 16 against the Los Angeles Rams.
San Francisco's list of inactives will be announced 90 minutes prior to kickoff on Sunday.