49ers injury report: Mike McGlinchey to miss minicamp after knee injection


49ers injury report: Mike McGlinchey to miss minicamp after knee injection

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers' list of injured players sitting out of mandatory minicamp grew Tuesday but most of them are expected to be back in time for training camp next month, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. 

Tight end Garrett Celek sat out of OTAs with a residual back injury from last season, and remains in the concusion protocol. Shanahan said Celek will remain in the protocol until training camp when the 49ers practice in pads. 

The reason? Celek missed his testing window, and the NFL isn't testing again until training camp begins.  

Celek sat out Tuesday because he needs back surgery, similar to what receiver Trent Taylor had during the 2018 offseason. As a result, the tight end might miss the beginning of training camp. 

Rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel will also miss the remainder of minicamp as a result of a tweaked hip that kept him out of the final week of OTAs. He should be ready for training camp, however.

Right tackle Mike McGlinchey will sit out after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee. The recovery timeframe is usually about two or three weeks of staying off your feet, which means he should be ready by the time training camp begins in late July. The 49ers timed McGlinchey's procedure to ensure a timely return for the season.

The remaining players who not participate in minicamp are the same as those who did not participate in OTAs: 

RB Matt Breida (pectoral)
RB Jerick McKinnon (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (forearm) 
WR Jalen Hurd (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee/quadriceps) 
DE Nick Bosa (hamstring)
LB Kwon Alexander (knee)
LB Fred Warner (knee)
CB Jason Verrett (Achilles)
Safety Jimmie Ward (collarbone)
Safety D.J. Reed (shoulder) 

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Shanahan is not overly concerned about the injury list. He said the 49ers will be careful ensuring everyone returns healthy, but each player is on schedule to return at a good time. 

“Everyone we are really hoping for that first day, we can get them back," he said at the 49ers facility Tuesday. "That’s why I joked with you guys at the beginning. We are having really bad OTAs in terms of guys not being healthy for it, but we’ve had so many healthy OTAs since we’ve been here that we hope it’s the opposite for training camp.” 

Why Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo considers Kyle Shanahan a master of disguise

Why Chiefs DC Steve Spagnuolo considers Kyle Shanahan a master of disguise

MIAMI, Fla. – Steve Spagnuolo has a tough challenge ahead going head-to-head with Kyle Shanahan. The Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator has been wading through 49ers tape for days and has come away impressed with how the 49ers head coach calls and creates offensive plays.

He’ll trying to crack Shanahan’s scheme during Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, something defenses rarely do these days.

“What really impresses me is that, whatever team they’re getting ready to play, they attack that scheme,” Spagnuolo said. “You’re not going to see what you saw in previous games.”

Sometimes, too, eyes may deceive you. That’s because Shanahan’s so good at disguising his true offensive intentions. Spagnuolo said there are often no clues tipping the 49ers hand. The Chiefs must respect the threat of run or pass on every down.

“Kyle was doing this – his dad [Mike Shanahan] did it, too – where their run plays look exactly like their play action passes,” Spagnuolo said. “That’s not always easy to do. There are coaches who make them look the same but the really don’t. These guys do.”

The 49ers have dominated on the ground with an ever-expanding playbook of creative, well-designed runs. Shanahan is well known for a zone-blocking scheme, but he’s starting to bring power principles into his game. That has made the 49ers hard to prepare for and even harder to stop.

“If you’re going to defend the zone scheme, you tell people to go downhill and not east or west,” Spagnuolo said. "When you start throwing the gap schemes in and you’re going downhill and they’re pulling, it makes for a headache.”

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Spagnuolo might have to pop some Advil after watching the 49ers offense work recently. They have been running with great effect, dominating the NFC playoffs almost exclusively on the ground. Jimmy Garoppolo has only thrown 27 times this postseason and had just eight attempts in the NFC Championship Game. They averaged 235 rushing yards per game in the playoffs and recorded at least 119 in their last seven games.

“You can see now that they have a rhythm to what they do,” Spagnuolo said. “That offensive line has been together for a little while. No matter what running back they put in there, he’s producing. And I have great respect for their quarterback [Jimmy Garoppolo]. I would say that if he threw two times last week. He’s still a threat to work the ball downfield. It’s going to be one heck of a challenge.”

Why 49ers' George Kittle claims Jimmy Garoppolo is 'worst texter' ever

Why 49ers' George Kittle claims Jimmy Garoppolo is 'worst texter' ever

Believe it not, but Jimmy Garoppolo has a flaw.

I know, it's hard to fathom, but 49ers tight end George Kittle revealed during Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday night in Miami that the 49ers quarterback is bad at responding to text messages.

Really, really bad.

Asked if there was a "not-so-perfect side" of Garoppolo, Kittle offered this:

"He is the worst texter of all time," Kittle told the media in Miami. "I'm telling you, he leaves me on 'Read' all the time. I'll be like 'Hey Jimmy, I've got a question. Maybe on this play, should I run my route like this?' No Response. 'Jimmy, want to go to a movie?' No response. And then next day he's like 'Yeah, I got your text. I just didn't respond.' Thanks Jim. That's awesome. So yeah, he's a bad texter. Bad communication."

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So the next time you look at Jimmy G's perfect chin line, just remember that he's a bad texter.