49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been moving along in his rehab from the torn ACL he suffered in Week 3 of the 2018 season.
So, toward the end of minicamp, head coach Kyle Shanahan wanted to get his quarterback a rep or two in 11-on-11s. Shanahan's instructions to his defensive line were to stand still with their hands up and to not touch the franchise quarterback.
Shanahan's orders were heard, but the instincts of his defense took over and the head coach had to jump in to avoid catastrophe.
"The animals that they are, why we love them, they couldn't help it," Shanahan told ESPN's Nick Wagoner about his defensive line during the drill. "I saw it, so I stopped it. I wasn't going to mess with it."
After the minor heart attack, Shanahan was able to laugh it off.
"I liked it, after I got over it," Shanahan said.
Exhale, Niners fans.
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Garoppolo has proclaimed himself "good to go" as training camp approaches, but hopefully, the 49ers' defensive line gets the memo during the next drill.
49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.
He lost a game.
That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.
That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.
Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.
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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.
SANTA CLARA -- Rookie Justin Skule will “most likely” return to the 49ers starting lineup in place of veteran left tackle Joe Staley, coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday.
Staley underwent surgery to repair a broken and dislocated finger, an injury that occurred Monday night in the 49ers’ 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Staley, a six-time Pro Bowler, did not realize the extent of the injury until it swelled on him Tuesday morning.
“He will not play this week and probably be out a couple of weeks,” Shanahan said.
Skule started six games earlier this season when Staley was sidelined with a fractured left lower leg. When Staley returned to action on Monday, Skule was deactivated for the game. The 49ers went with Daniel Brunskill as the backup offensive tackle behind Staley and Mike McGlinchey.
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Shanahan expressed confidence that Skule will again step in and play well in place of Staley.
“I thought he did a very good job,” Shanahan said of Skule, a sixth-round draft pick from Vanderbilt. “He came in there and stepped it up right away. He did a good job his first game and I thought he got better each week. We were happy with how he played, and I’m glad we have a couple of good backups.”