More unfortunate news for the San Francisco 49ers as former first round pick Mike McGlinchey is out with a knee injury. This news comes on the heels of the 49ers losing fullback Kyle Juszczyk for 4-6 weeks with an MCL sprain.
It was later determined the right tackle would need arthroscopic surgery on his right knee that will keep him out 4-6 weeks. McGlinchey hasn’t missed a single football game at any level throughout his football career. The second-year tackle has started every contest for the 49ers since 2018. McGlinchey played through his injury during the 49ers Monday night victory over the Cleveland Browns.
"He didn’t take himself out, he was limping a little bit which he does a lot in games because those guys are linemen and that does happen," Kyle Shanahan said on Wednesday. "As long as there’s no bad damage, they’re usually alight, but he kept up with it. I remember seeing him doing it. I took him out personally. Just telling me he didn’t want to go out because he didn’t think he was that hurt. He didn’t feel like he was that much after the game, but the energy goes down a little bit, how amped up you are, he came in the next morning it was hurt a little bit more and when they checked it out it was a surprise to him and a surprise to all of us.”
The 49ers are already without veteran tackle Joe Staley, who was expected to miss some time with a broken fibula. Rookie Justin Skule has started in the 49ers last two games in Staley’s absence. Third-year tackle Daniel Brunskill, who spent time on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad and the Alliance of American Football's (AAF) San Diego Fleet, will get the start in place of McGlinchey.
“(Brunskill) got to play in the AAF this year, that’s where (49ers Vice President of Player Personnel) Adam (Peters) and the guys upstairs found him," Shanahan said. "I didn’t know much about him until he got here in OTAs and training camp. I got to see him then and I became a believer in him. He was No. 61 for awhile for me and then he became Brunskill because he was low on the radar as it started out, but he earned a spot on this team. He did a real good job. That’s why he is on the team. That’s why he wasn’t on practice squad. He got in there for one play versus Pittsburgh and did a hell of a job. Got to play a little bit two nights ago versus Cleveland. Very similar to Skule, the games not too big for him. He’s very efficient. He’s a smart player. He’ll get the job done. He’ll be ready for the challenge on third down.”
The 49ers will travel to Los Angeles to take on divisional opponent Rams in Week 6. Kickoff is set for Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT.