Joshua Garnett is bound for the operating room.
The 49ers offensive lineman will get his knee cleaned out on Thursday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Wednesday.
"Timeframe, I haven’t been given one yet," Shanahan told the media. "I know I’m hoping that he has a chance for Week 1, but I know that’s going to be a battle.”
The season opener is on Sept. 10 against the Panthers.
Garnett started 11 games at right guard last season.
The 49ers traded up into the first round to select the Stanford product with the 26th overall pick in 2016.
On Tuesday, Daniel Kilgore -- the 49ers' projected starting center -- took some snaps at guard.
“Just trying to go through all possibilities. Knowing Garnett is going to be out a little bit, just seeing what can be our best three out there for Week 1," Shanahan said on Wednesday. "You want to try all possibilities.
"We know Kilgore has done a good job at center. We wanted to see him a little bit more at guard. We’ve got to shuffle all that stuff because we’re still a ways away too. You know, you’ve got to be prepared for any other type of injuries. You’ve got to be prepared on game day. Depending on how many guys you dress, what are you going to do when you lose guys.
"I mean, you have to move guys around, so that’s something that we did yesterday and we’ll continue to do throughout camp.”
The 49ers released Jeremy Zuttah on Wednesday morning.
I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.
That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.
Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.
That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.
But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).
In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.
One week after center Jeremy Zuttah played his way off the 49ers’ roster in short order, he ended up back with the team that got rid of him to open the offseason.
The Baltimore Ravens on Friday announced the signing of Zuttah, whom the 49ers released on Aug. 9 after acquiring him from the Ravens in a March trade.
The 49ers determined center Daniel Kilgore was clearly better than Zuttah. Moreover, Zuttah he did not demonstrate any promise of being an asset at either of the guard positions.
Zuttah, 31, played the past three seasons with the Ravens after six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Zuttah was named to his first Pro Bowl after last season.
The 49ers originally acquired Zuttah in a swap of sixth-round draft picks. The Ravens received the 49ers’ pick at No. 186 and selected Virginia Tech safety Chuck Clark. The 49ers took over Baltimore’s selection at No. 198 and chose Mississippi defensive tackle D.J. Jones.
The 49ers are confident in Kilgore and offensive tackles Joe Staley and Trent Brown. However, there is concern at the guard positions.
Brandon Fusco appears to be earning the confidence of the coaching staff at right guard. But left guard remains a concern. Zane Beadles is currently the starter while Joshua Garnett rehabs from arthroscopic knee surgery to repair cartilage. The 49ers are hopeful Garnett will be available for the opening of the regular season.