The 49ers are 4-0, but it's not all good feelings in Santa Clara.
Both right tackle Mike McGlinchey and fullback Kyle Juzszcyk were injured in San Francisco's blowout Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns at Levi' Stadium. Add those injuries to left tackle Joe Staley, who broke his leg in Week 2, and the 49ers are pretty banged up as they head into a critical Week 6 tilt with the Los Angeles Rams.
Losing McGlinchey, who will be out four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic on his left knee, will make life a little more difficult on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers' offense. San Francisco already is relying on rookie Justin Skule to fill in for Staley at left tackle, and now will look to Daniel Brunskill to take over for McGlinchey.
It was hard for Garoppolo to see McGlinchey go down.
“It’s tough,” Garoppolo said on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto and Kolsky." “Mike, he’s a hell of a football player, hell of a guy -- just in the locker room. You know, you hate to see it. He was battling through it all game and everything. It's really impressive what those guys up front go through. It's next man up mentality now."
The Rams have lost two consecutive games, and are in desperate need of a win to hang tight in the NFC West race. Garoppolo and the 49ers offense will have to find a way to adjust with Staley, McGlinchey and Juzszcyk out without changing what's been successful through five weeks.
"You don't want to lose your identity as an offense, especially when we are running the ball the way we are," Garoppolo said. "You don't get that every day. it's one of those things. The next guy up, try to do what his strengths are and put him in a position to succeed. I think our coaching staff does that better than anyone. The way they game plan, the in-game adjustments they make, it puts us in good situations as players."
The 49ers will have a patchwork offensive line for at least the next couple weeks, which could have an impact on an offense that has been deadly efficient through four games.
Skule has acquitted himself well in two games since taking over for Staley, but having to replace both starting tackles is a place no team wants to be.