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49ers injury report: Mike McGlinchey to miss minicamp after knee injection

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49ers injury report: Mike McGlinchey to miss minicamp after knee injection

SANTA CLARA — The 49ers' list of injured players sitting out of mandatory minicamp grew Tuesday but most of them are expected to be back in time for training camp next month, according to coach Kyle Shanahan. 

Tight end Garrett Celek sat out of OTAs with a residual back injury from last season, and remains in the concusion protocol. Shanahan said Celek will remain in the protocol until training camp when the 49ers practice in pads. 

The reason? Celek missed his testing window, and the NFL isn't testing again until training camp begins.  

Celek sat out Tuesday because he needs back surgery, similar to what receiver Trent Taylor had during the 2018 offseason. As a result, the tight end might miss the beginning of training camp. 

Rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel will also miss the remainder of minicamp as a result of a tweaked hip that kept him out of the final week of OTAs. He should be ready for training camp, however.

Right tackle Mike McGlinchey will sit out after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his knee. The recovery timeframe is usually about two or three weeks of staying off your feet, which means he should be ready by the time training camp begins in late July. The 49ers timed McGlinchey's procedure to ensure a timely return for the season.

The remaining players who not participate in minicamp are the same as those who did not participate in OTAs: 

RB Matt Breida (pectoral)
RB Jerick McKinnon (knee)
RB Raheem Mostert (forearm) 
WR Jalen Hurd (knee)
C Weston Richburg (knee/quadriceps) 
DE Nick Bosa (hamstring)
LB Kwon Alexander (knee)
LB Fred Warner (knee)
CB Jason Verrett (Achilles)
Safety Jimmie Ward (collarbone)
Safety D.J. Reed (shoulder) 

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Shanahan is not overly concerned about the injury list. He said the 49ers will be careful ensuring everyone returns healthy, but each player is on schedule to return at a good time. 

“Everyone we are really hoping for that first day, we can get them back," he said at the 49ers facility Tuesday. "That’s why I joked with you guys at the beginning. We are having really bad OTAs in terms of guys not being healthy for it, but we’ve had so many healthy OTAs since we’ve been here that we hope it’s the opposite for training camp.” 

Joe Staley's extension could keep 49ers' O-line together for a while

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Joe Staley's extension could keep 49ers' O-line together for a while

The 49ers selected offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey in the first round of the 2018 draft with the thought of starting him off at right tackle and, eventually, moving him to left tackle to take over for Joe Staley.

A position switch for McGlinchey became a long-term plan this week after the 49ers signed Staley to a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.

The 49ers, seemingly, have stability on their offensive line with each of their starters – Staley, McGlinchey, left guard Laken Tomlinson, right guard Mike Person and center Weston Richburg -- signed up for at least three more seasons.

And the man they are assigned to protect was all smiles upon hearing the news that Staley, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, is going nowhere.

“It’s awesome, especially for a group like that,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said. “They do so much work together, passing blitzes off, passing blocks off, twists, all that stuff. That’s a group you want to stay together. It’s an important one.

“It makes my job a lot easier. So as long as I can get the ball out on time and do my job properly, we should be in good hands.”

The 49ers have worked to improve their depth on the offensive line, but general manager John Lynch admitted he got a little uncertain about the future when trying to envision life without Staley.

“If he’s not here, what’s it going to look like? And we didn’t like that,” Lynch said. “Not that there are not candidates on our roster. We feel better than ever about our depth, but Joe is a big part of this team in so many ways. It made too much sense.”

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Staley, 34, admitted that his signing of a two-year contract was a move that was based solely on his personal desire to continue to play and do so for the 49ers.

But, then, after thinking about it, he realized the possible steadying impact it could have on his position group. Last season marked the first seasons for McGlinchey and Richburg with the 49ers. Moreover, Tomlinson was acquired in a trade shortly before the start of the 2017 regular season, so he experienced his first full offseason in Kyle Shanahan's offense.

“It’s going to be really cool because it is rare to have an offensive line, potentially, be able to stay together for a really long time, especially in this day and age,” Staley said. “Going into this second year, we feel so much more connection with each other.”

How 49ers' Mike McGlinchey is taking advantage of second NFL offseason

How 49ers' Mike McGlinchey is taking advantage of second NFL offseason

SANTA CLARA — 49ers right tackle Mike McGlinchey had a solid rookie season in 2018 but he knows his work is cut out for him to improve in his sophomore year.  

A lot of players talk about how much more focused they can be heading into Year 2. They don’t have to work on pre-draft preparation and they have survived a year in the system. 

McGlinchey is happy to finally be able to focus his game and benefit from his offseason training program. 

“One is overall strength,” McGlinchey said. “I think last year being a rookie and having all of those rookie obligations and stuff in the spring, you don’t really get to focus on being a traditional offensive lineman. 

“You have so many different things, and hats to juggle so it was nice to be able to put 15 pounds back on. I feel myself being stronger in these first two days.”  

Not having to train for the 40-yard dash and bench press test allows players to re-focus on position specific training. McGlinchey said having spent a season in the system can now allow him to focus more on the technical things. 

“I think it’s been huge,” McGlinchey said. “Just taking a whole offseason and the experience I had from last season, re-watching the film from all the games last year. 

“Coming into a situation where you have a full grasp of what’s going on with the offense and what’s being told to you, and how you’re being coached and calls that need to be made when the defense is in front of you. Having a whole year under your belt doing that makes things a lot easier, hit the ground running day one.” 

McGlinchey spoke about the benefits of practicing against edge rusher Dee Ford as well as what he needs to improve on his own. 

“I think I just need to play more consistent football. I think throughout the year I showed for the most part that I played pretty good ball, but there were times when I let things go away, slip away. I got to finish the season better than I did last year," McGlinchey said.

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When asked for specifics, it's all about the little things in football. 

“Consistent foot work and timing and training your eyes and body where they need to hit and when they need to hit, and constantly working to be in the best position of leverage and hit every block,” McGlinchey said. “I think I got a little behind in my foot work late in the year in the run game, and in pass pro I think I improved a lot, but it’s about being more physical in pass pro to be the controller.”