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Joe Staley bummed by injury but will coach 49ers rookie Justin Skule

Joe Staley bummed by injury but will coach 49ers rookie Justin Skule

CINCINNATI – San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley tried to remain as positive as possible Sunday afternoon as he stood near his locker on crutches and with his left leg in an orthopedic boot.

Staley sustained a fractured left fibula – the non-weight-bearing bone in his lower left leg – in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 41-17 victory Sunday over the Cincinnati Bengals. Staley said he is expected to miss six to eight weeks.

“I’m really happy we got the win,” Staley said. “Obviously, it’s a great ‘W’ today, on the road. I’m just bumming personally because this team is really special and I’m really happy and I want to be a part of it. And I’ll do whatever I can to be a part of it for, hopefully, the next six weeks and come back and be ready to go for the end-of-the-season run.”

The 49ers improved to 2-0 with the victory, and the offense had its best day in years against the overmatched Bengals. The 49ers rolled up 572 yards of total offense – 313 yards passing and 259 on the ground. Staley, a six-time Pro Bowl performer, is one of the most-valued members of the team.

Staley will not go on injured reserve, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. A player who goes on IR must remain ineligible for at least eight weeks. The 49ers hope to get Staley back closer to the six-week time frame.

In the meantime, Staley said he will remain active and help rookie Justin Skule as much as possible. Skule became the 49ers’ swing tackle after Shon Campbell sustained a season-ending dislocated ankle in the first preseason game. Skule, a sixth-round draft pick from Vanderbilt, stepped onto the field at left tackle after Staley’s injury.

“I’m going to do everything I can,” Staley said. “One of the things I have here, I definitely have years. I have a lot of knowledge. I always thought of my post-career, when I’m done playing football, it would be good to be a coach. So here’s a time to get a little taste of that.”

The injury Staley sustained is almost identical, he said, to the fractured fibula he sustained in 2010 that limited him to nine games.

“You can’t play through it,” Staley said. “You can play through knee injuries, ankle injuries. Those are dealing with pain. This is different.”

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Staley’s injury appeared to occur when running back Raheem Mostert’s legs got tangled with Staley’s on a third-quarter running play. Staley went down. He hobbled to the Bengals sideline, where a cart took him under the stadium for X-rays that revealed the fractured bone in his lower leg.

“I’m pumped for the win,” Staley said, “but I’m bummed. I’m trying to stay positive. This sucks. It really sucks.”

NFL rumors: 49ers expected to sign Dion Jordan for added D-line depth

NFL rumors: 49ers expected to sign Dion Jordan for added D-line depth

It appears the 49ers will be adding to their defensive line.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that the 49ers are expected to sign defensive end Dion Jordan. 

The 49ers hosted the former No. 3 overall draft pick on Tuesday, and clearly liked what they saw. Jordan, 30, recorded two sacks last season in seven games with the Raiders.

Jordan hasn't lived up to his draft status since the Miami Dolphins selected him in 2013. The former Oregon Duck also has dealt with a long list of off-field issues. 

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He was reinstated by the NFL last November after serving a 10-game suspension for Adderall. He also missed the entire 2015 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and has been suspended several other times as well. 

Between the Dolphins, Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, Jordan has 10.5 career sacks over 50 games.

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The 49ers' defensive line is a strength, but their pass rush on the outside actually is thin. Nick Bosa is a star, and the same goes for Dee Ford when healthy. Arik Armstead plays defensive end in base situations, though he is more effective working inside as a nickel pass-rusher. And then there's Ronald Blair, who is working back from a torn ACL.

Aside from that group, the 49ers could use some help on the outside. Jordan always has been skilled, and should be worth a gamble for the reigning NFC champions.

49ers' Jerick McKinnon excites Jimmy Garoppolo as pass-catching option

49ers' Jerick McKinnon excites Jimmy Garoppolo as pass-catching option

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has yet to step on the field during a real game with running back Jerick McKinnon.

But he saw enough of McKinnion during offseason workouts to know he can make a huge impact on the 49ers’ offense this season.

“Jet, being a former quarterback, it's kind of a rarity to have a skill-position guy who sees the game like a quarterback still, and Jet does a great job of that,” Garoppolo said.

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McKinnon originally signed with the 49ers as a free agent in 2018 when coach Kyle Shanahan hand-picked him because of his pass-catching skills. But McKinnon has yet to play for the club.

He sustained a torn ACL a week before the regular-season opener. He also spent last season on injured reserve after his graft did not heal properly.

McKinnon averaged nearly 500 yards rushing in his four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Where McKinnon excels is as a receiver out of the backfield. In 2017, he caught 51 passes for 421 yards and two touchdowns.

“Even just throwing routes on air this offseason, he runs them differently than most running backs and he has a feel that's like a receiver, but he feels space like a quarterback,” Garoppolo said. “It's very unique and I'm excited to get him back, man.

"It's been a while.”

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Tevin Coleman and Raheem Mostert figure to be the 49ers’ top running backs on base downs, while McKinnon provides an element as a third-round back they have not had since Shanahan was hired in 2017. Coleman was the 49ers’ top pass-catching running back last season with 21 receptions for 180 yards.

McKinnon agreed to a sizable pay cut this offseason to remain with the club. He has been cleared for full work at the beginning of training camp. With Garoppolo's accuracy, McKinnon's dynamic play-making could provide another huge yards-after-the-catch element to the offense.

“We came in together, me and him when we both signed here, and it's exciting to have him back,” Garoppolo said.