49ers need to sort out bangedup of­fen­sive line

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Fran­cisco 49ers have plenty of holes to fill be­fore their Week 2 game against the Detroit Lions — start­ing on the of­fen­sive line.

Two right guards were lost to in­jury in Sun­day’s

24-16 loss at Min­nesota.

The good news for San Fran­cisco is that none of the in­juries the team suf­fered Sun­day ap­pear to be sea­son-end­ing.

Right guard Mike Per­son left in the sec­ond quar­ter with a strained foot. His re­place­ment, Joshua Gar­nett, ex­ited with a dis­lo­cated toe on his left foot the third quar­ter. That meant rookie Mike McGlinchey had to shift from right tackle to guard in his NFL de­but.

Coach Kyle Shana­han said Mon­day that he didn’t have a timetable for the re­turn of Per­son or Gar­nett, but he ex­pressed re­lief that nei­ther ap­pears to be a can­di­date for sea­so­nend­ing in­jured re­serve.

The 49ers have a spot open on the 53-man ros­ter, and Shana­han said sev­eral play­ers will be brought in for work­outs, with the idea of adding some­one to the ac­tive ros­ter by Wed­nes­day.

“I know we’ve got some work­outs. We’re bring­ing in (play­ers at) a num­ber of po­si­tions tomorrow,” Shana­han said. “We’ve got some guys who are a pos­si­bil­ity. We’ve got guys who are a pos­si­bil­ity on the prac­tice squad.”

Re­ceiver Mar­quise Good­win, who col­lided with a de­fender in the sec­ond quar­ter Sun­day, has a deep thigh bruise on his right leg and is day-to-day.

Should he miss time, it could open up a big­ger role for rookie Dante Pet­tis, who caught a 22-yard touch­down from Jimmy Garop­polo for his first ca­reer catch.

Line­backer Brock Coyle, who started Sun­day for the in­jured Mal­colm Smith, is in the con­cus­sion pro­to­col. He’d have to be cleared by doc­tors to play against Detroit.

With the right side of the of­fen­sive line dis­rupted by in­juries, the Vik­ings put con­sis­tent pres­sure on Garop­polo and sacked him three times.

Af­ter Per­son and Gar­nett left the game, the 49ers turned to re­serve tackle Garry Gil­liam, who had ex­ited the con­cus­sion pro­to­col a few days be­fore the opener. Gil­liam took over at right tackle as McGlinchey shifted to guard.

Per­son is also the backup to cen­ter We­ston Rich­burg. But if Erik Mag­nu­son can re­turn from a ham­string in­jury this week, it would pro­vide a boost as he can also play cen­ter.

Shana­han was pleased with McGlinchey, the No. 9 over­all draft pick out of Notre Dame, who held his own af­ter mov­ing to guard.

“It was his first NFL game, he had never played guard and you could see there was noth­ing about him that was scared to try it,” Shana­han said. “He had to do it and he didn’t flinch at all.”

NOTES: Shana­han re­it­er­ated the missed op­por­tu­ni­ties in the red zone Sun­day, as the 49ers scored just one touch­down with four op­por­tu­ni­ties in­side the Vik­ings’ 20. Asked by a re­porter if he would con­sider us­ing more run­pass op­tions in the red zone, Shana­han replied: “We (tried) one yes­ter­day . ... The RPO ques­tions are get­ting hi­lar­i­ous to me. It’s not just you. It’s the whole planet right now.”

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