The San Francisco 49ers are riding high right now after winning their third consecutive game, thanks to the heroics of recently acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the consistency of kicker Robbie Gould, who made all six of his field goal attempts on Sunday.
Trent Brown Tackle #77
Ht / Wt: 6'8' / 355
Drafted: 2015 / Round: 7 / Pick: 244
Experience: 3rd season
With Garoppolo and the team playing so well, the 49ers odds for next game will be much better than the odds the team was getting when they lost their first nine games to start the season.
If the 49ers can address some of the roster issues they have during the offseason, they will enter next year as a playoff contender, but it is still too early to start predicting making a Super Bowl run.
Lost in all the hoopla in the excitement over their win versus the Titans, is the fact that the 49ers have a big decision to make regarding offensive lineman Trent Brown.
Brown has missed two of the team’s last three games due to an injury he suffered after practice on Thanksgiving. The injury forced Brown to miss the game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he was back in the lineup and played well in the win over the Chicago Bears.
After the Bears game, Brown told team doctors that the injury in his shoulder had become too painful and he was forced to miss the game against the Houston Texans and Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Brown’s injury will require surgery, which will sideline him for five to six months. This means Brown will likely miss offseason activities, but he should be back in time for the start of training camp.
Shanahan said Brown didn’t aggravate the injury, but the pain didn’t go away, which is why he has been unable to play. The coach added that some players have been able to play through the pain while others haven’t, depending on the severity of the tear.
The problem the 49ers face right now with the injury to Brown is they signed him through next season and were hoping he would eventually take 33-year-old Joe Staley’s spot as their starting left tackle after Staley was gone.
The Injury Report has the 49ers considering whether they should resign Brown when his contract is up or let him walk. If they sign him to a contract extension and he becomes injury prone, they would have invested a lot of money in a player that can’t play a full season. If they don’t resign him and he stays healthy for the rest of his career, they will also have messed up.
The good news for Brown is Shanahan believes he is an important part of the team’s future, which means he will try to get the front office to extend Brown’s contract. If this happens, 49ers fans will have to hope Brown can stay healthy and help protect Jimmy Garoppolo’s blind side because the team will need their quarterback healthy if they want to get back into the playoffs next year.