As usually happens when a team has their best offensive game in years, there is sure to be at least one bittersweet wrench thrown in.
When left tackle Joe Staley left the game in the second half of last week’s game, it didn’t look good. The view got even worse once he was being taken to the locker room on a cart. The news could have been worse, but was still bad for a team trending up.
Staley suffered a broken fibula and will be lost for a minimum of six to eight weeks. That will give Shanahan ample opportunity to gain more insight on whether or not rookie offensive tackle Justin Skule, the sixth-round NFL Draft pick out of Vanderbilt, is capable of filling in.
If he proves to not be ready the team might have to look outside the organization for a viable replacement until Staley is able to return.