The streak is likely over Monday night. After starting 26 consecutive regular season games with the same offensive line, an injury to left guard Mike Iupati will likely necessitate a change.
Although according to the club’s official website, opinions vary on Iupati’s status.
Iupati told the Associated Press he’s out. Coach Jim Harbaugh said simply: “We’ll see.”
Iupati, who has been on crutches throughout this week with a large brace on his knee, so it’s likely veteran Adam Snyder will make the start at left guard against the Washington Redskins on Monday night.
Officially, Snyder hasn’t played left guard since the 2011 NFC Championship, but he saw some time there in the preseason.
“I don’t know if there are doubts or not, but I’m going to try and prove that I can still play,” Snyder said.
Snyder left the 49ers after the 2011 season as a free agent, starting 14 games for Arizona last year before returning to San Francisco last spring.
Iupati plays a key role as a pull blocker in front of Frank Gore, but Snyder expects to be able to fill the role.
“The four other guys are All-Pro type of guys and I’m expecting myself to step in and not have nay dropoff with the production,” Snyder said.
For what it’s worth, Gore said he is completely confident in Snyder’s ability. The two were both drafted by the 49ers in 2005—Gore in the third round and Snyder in the fourth.