49ers Stud OT Joe Staley Expected to Miss up to 8 Weeks With Broken Leg

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 09: Joe Staley #74 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after making a reception during the game against the Denver Broncos during at Levi's Stadium on December 9, 2018 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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One of the most underrated lineman in the league will miss a good chunk of the 2019 season.

According to San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, tackle Joe Staley suffered a broken fibula during their dominant win over the Cincinnati Bengals and will miss up to around eight weeks. Shanahan is optimistic that he will be back before the last gasp of the season.

During his 12-year career with the 49ers, Staley has made six Pro Bowls and earned three second-team All-Pro nods.

Since Jimmy Garoppolo isn't exactly Michael Vick in the backfield, keeping him upright and protected is going to be a major emphasis for this offense, and losing Staley makes that task that much harder.

2018 first-round pick Mike McGlinchey stayed at right tackle, while 2019 sixth-round pick Justin Skule replaced Staley at left tackle.

Skule is clearly a major downgrade from Staley, so the 49ers will need to hold on for dear life until he returns. Two straight games against the Browns and Rams isn't the best remedy for that.