Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin left the Dolphins at the end of October amid reports he was seeking help for emotional issues stemming from bullying inside the organization. Teammate Richie Incognito was suspended by the team for sending racist and threatening text messages to Martin, prompting the organization to seek a full probe into its workplace environment.
Iupati, 26, left the game in the third quarter on Sunday after running back Frank Gore ran into the back of his left knee. He was replaced in the lineup by Adam Snyder, who is likely to fill Iupati’s starting role in a Monday Night Football matchup against the Washington Redskins.
With Iupati expected to miss some time, David Fucillo of SB Nation’s 49ers blog, Niners Nation, listed two other players that could see increased play time:
Daniel Kilgore can also play inside, but Snyder came on at left guard when Iupati went down. We’ll get a better idea of this when the 49ers return to practice later in the week.
The 49ers also have Joe Looney on the roster, although he has been active all season. If Iupati is inactive this week, I would hope Looney would get activated. We’ll see.
A first-round selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, Iupati has been a solid starter for the 49ers in all four seasons at left guard, although he is having the most inconsistent NFL Jerseys 2014 season of his career Cheap Chelsea Jerseys in 2017, according to Pro Football Focus. Snyder, a third round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, has made 83 career starts, including 14 with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017.