SANTA CLARA – Guard Laken Tomlinson landed in the Bay Area on Thursday night.
Now, it is time for him to get to work.
Guard Joshua Garnett will be placed on injured reserve – either season-ending IR or the short-term variety -- at some point over the next three days, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. Zane Beadles and Brandon Fusco are currently the 49ers’ top guards.
Tomlinson, who was acquired Thursday from the Detroit Lions for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick, will officially enter the competition on Friday. Tomlinson is scheduled to spend a lot of the day working with offensive line coach John Benton and assistant offensive line coach Adam Stenavich.
“They’ll start trying to teach him our scheme,” Shanahan said following the 49ers 23-13 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the final exhibition game for both teams.
“It’ll take until Saturday to get him out on the field with us and we’ll do a little bit Monday. Then we’ll jump into our normal Wednesday and have a normal week after that. It’s a lot to put on a guy to expect him to be ready week one. But we’re going to go at it as hard as we can. We’ll see where he’s at each week.”
Tomlinson played primarily at left guard the past two seasons with the Lions. But he will see practice time on both sides, Shanahan said.
“In this league you’ve really got to be both guards,” he said. “We’re going to work him at both of the spots, but wherever he can find a starting positon, that’s where he’s going to try to go. But, what he’s played is both those guard spots and when you’re a backup, you’ve got to be able to play both of them.”