The 49ers quest to solve their issue at left tackle begins on Tuesday.
With Joe Staley on the shelf for 6-8 weeks with a fractured left fibula, San Francisco is inviting a familiar face back to their facility. Nine-year veteran offensive tackle Sam Young, who was in camp with the 49ers before being cut, is working out with the team according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Offensive tackle Sam Young is visiting the 49ers today. SF lost Joe Staley to a broken leg.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2019
Young, 32, spent the previous three seasons with the Miami Dolphins appearing in 30 games and starting in eight. Young was originally selected in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Dallas Cowboys, and has also spent time in Buffalo and Jacksonville.
Until the 49ers make an acquisition, rookie Justin Skule will slot into Staley’s vacated spot at left tackle. Here’s what Kyle Shanahan said of the situation on Monday:
“We would love to if there were options,” Shanahan said. “We look at anything that’s possible. I don’t think there’s a ton of great options out there that are possible.
“It was good to get him in a real NFL game especially since he’s going to be playing a lot next week,” Shanahan said of Skule. “The game’s not too big for him. That’s what we liked a lot about him, being a four-year starter in the SEC at Vanderbilt. He got to play against a lot of good players, always throughout the entire game. He played the whole game pretty well. Wasn’t always a ton of great highlight tape plays, but he was a guy the game wasn’t too big for and helped his team win.”
The 49ers play their home opener vs. the Steelers this Sunday.