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Source: 49ers' Joe Staley not expected back for Week 13 vs. Ravens

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Source: 49ers' Joe Staley not expected back for Week 13 vs. Ravens

BALTIMORE -- The 49ers are not planning on playing veteran left tackle Joe Staley on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, sat out six games earlier this season with a fractured lower left leg. He is expected to miss his third consecutive game after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured finger on his right hand.

Staley, 35, injured his finger on Nov. 11 in a 27-24 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks in his first game back from the injury to his fibula, which occurred during a Week 2 win in Cincinnati.

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Daniel Brunskill or Justin Skule will replace Staley in the starting lineup against the Ravens. Skule has started eight games in place of Staley this season. But Brunskill replaced a struggling Skule last week against the Green Bay Packers and finished the game at left tackle.

Brunskill started five games this season at right tackle in place of Mike McGlinchey when he was sidelined with a knee injury.

Staley took part in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. The 49ers officially list his status as questionable. Staley is expected to return for the 49ers' Week 14 game at the New Orleans Saints.

49ers backups to compete for starting job if Joe Staley out vs. Ravens

49ers backups to compete for starting job if Joe Staley out vs. Ravens

Coach Kyle Shanahan is not necessarily counting on 49ers veteran left tackle Joe Staley returning to the lineup this week.

But he certainly is depending on his backups to be ready again.

The 49ers return to practice Wednesday to begin preparations to face the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and the team will decide as the week goes on if Staley is ready to return to action after missing two games following surgery to repair a fractured and dislocated finger on his right hand.

“I know he’s got a chance this week, but we’ll see what happens,” Shanahan said. “I’m still hoping for it, but not at all counting on it.”

Staley, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, already has missed a career-high eight games this season. After sitting out six games due to a fractured lower left leg, he sustained the finger injury in Week 10 when he returned to action against Seattle.

Daniel Brunskill, an undrafted first-year player from San Diego State, stepped in on Sunday night to replace struggling rookie starter Justin Skule at left tackle. However, Shanahan did not commit to starting Brunskill against the Ravens, if Staley is not available.

“Both of those guys have played well for us,” Shanahan said. “We’ll base it off the three days of practice.”

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Skule, a sixth-round draft pick from Vanderbilt, started and played 20 snaps. Brunskill, who started four games earlier this season at right tackle when Mike McGlinchey was injured, was on the field for the 49ers’ final 28 plays.

“He did a real good job,” Shanahan said of Brunskill. “When you don’t bring up a tackle’s name, when you don’t mention him it all, it means he’s covering his guy up and his guy’s not making plays. Then when we watched the tape it was nice.

“He hadn’t had a bunch of reps at left tackle. (There were) definitely some technical things and stuff and a few things in the run game that he can get better at, but he did a real good job.”

49ers' Justin Skule 'most likely' to replace Joe Staley vs. Cardinals

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49ers' Justin Skule 'most likely' to replace Joe Staley vs. Cardinals

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.”