San Francisco 49ers’ left guard Mike Iupati had shoulder surgery earlier this offseason, according Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. He is unlikely to take part in OTA’s, the report states.
Iupati, the 17th-overall pick in 2010, made the All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl last season. He started every game and played in 98 percent of the team’s offensive snaps.
Barrows states that the injury is considered “minor,” but the number of 49ers who have had offseason surgery could raise a red flag.
Justin Smith (triceps), Aldon Smith (shoulder), and Clark Haggans (shoulder) all had procedures done on their injuries.
Iupati’s injury might explain the 49ers’ recent signing of guard Adam Snyder, who reached an agreement on a two-year deal to return to San Francisco earlier this week.
Snyder was originally drafted by the 49ers in the third round in 2005, and spent seven productive seasons in the Bay. He was extremely versatile, playing multiple positions on the offensive line and became a full-time starter in 2009.
“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,” according to Eric Melendez of Niner Noise. “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.”