It was reported on Tuesday San Francisco 49ers left guard Mike Iupati had surgery on his shoulder in the offseason. Iupati will miss some of San Francisco’s upcoming organized team activities. He is expected to be at 100% by the start of training camp.
With news of Iupati going under the knife, he joins outside linebacker Aldon Smith and defensive end Justin Smith as Niner starters who have had offseason surgery. The good news is all three players will be back to full strength by the start training camp at the end of July.
There is likely a correlation between the news yesterday of the 49ers signing former guard Adam Snyder and Iupati having surgery. Snyder’s signing was insurance not only for Iupati’s recent surgery, but also if any other offensive linemen gets injured from now until the end of the season. Last season, the 49ers were one of three teams who had all five offensive linemen start in all 16 games. San Francisco knows that accomplishment will likely not be repeated in 2013, which is where Snyder comes in.
The Niners will have Snyder compete with guards Daniel Kilgore and Joe Looney for the backup spots on the depth chart. All three could make the team, but the Niners roster will not have many open slots for backups on the O-line. The more likely scenario is the team having Snyder and Kilgore on the active roster, with Looney on the practice squad. The signing of Snyder is more significant with Iupati having surgery because he has started 83 games in his career. Kilgore and Looney have zero combined starts.