Veteran 49ers left tackle Joe Staley sustained a finger injury that could require surgery and another couple of weeks on the sideline.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday that Staley sustained a finger fracture and dislocation in the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday.
Staley was in the process of receiving a second opinion.
“We’re not sure of the final decision, yet, but surgery could be a possibility,” Shanahan said in a conference call. “If one is needed, it’ll probably be a couple of weeks (out).”
Staley missed six games with a fractured left lower leg. He returned to action against the Seahawks and his leg was fine, Shanahan said. Right tackle Mike McGlinchey also returned to the lineup after missing four games with a knee injury.
Staley and McGlinchey struggled in particular against Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who had one sack, five quarterback hits, a forced fumble and a fumble return for a touchdown.
“Any time you haven’t played football in a while is always a challenge to get back out there, no matter what you do in practice,” Shanahan said. “It’s tough to get going. I think they had a big challenge of ahead of them.
“I thought Clowney played very well. He’s done it before but it was definitely his best game of the year. We got to take that into account. But, yeah, they weren’t at their best. That happens when you have some time off like that. I thought they had their good plays. But definitely had some noticeable bad plays that ended up hurting us a little bit.”
In other 49ers injury news ...
--Kicker Robbie Gould did not play on Monday, and his status for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals remains in question due to a quadriceps strain. Rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin made three field goals, including a 47-yarder on the final play of regulation, to send the game to overtime. But he missed badly on a 47-yard attempt in overtime that would have won the game.
“We got to get him out here and test him on his kicking this week,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how it goes. It’s still the same as last week. It’s still a maybe.”
--Nose tackle D.J. Jones was diagnosed with a groin strain. The extent of his injury is not yet known, but Shanahan said he expects Jones to miss at least one game.
--Running back Matt Breida aggravated an ankle sprain and he is listed as day-to-day.
--Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has missed five games with a foot sprain, and is expected to practice on Wednesday. If Witherspoon can get in a full week of practice, he will reclaim his starting job from Emmanuel Moseley, Shanahan said.
--Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair sustained a concussion on Monday night while covering a kickoff. He must clear the NFL’s concussion protocol to be eligible to return to play.
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--Wide receiver Jalen Hurd is eligible to return to practice after being placed on injured reserve earlier this season with a stress reaction in his back. Shanahan said he does not expect Hurd back this week.
“Based on what saw at end of last week, I’m not expecting him this week,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see how he comes in here tomorrow, but he didn’t meet enough requirements last week to start him for practice. I’m not expecting him now.”