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49ers’ offensive depth chart remains in question leading up to Packers game

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NFL: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

When the San Francisco 49ers suit up for tonight’s game at Lambeau Field, it is highly unlikely that the team will have its entire starting offense on the field. Six of twelve starters are listed as questionable (the team lists two running backs as co-starters), with another two second-string receivers being out or doubtful for the game.

Although the Niners are hearing some good news on running back Matt Breida — who currently leads the NFL in yards-per-carry average with an impressive 7.5 — he remains a game-time decision. The same seemingly goes for many of the other players on this week’s injury report.

Here’s a look at the 49ers’ offensive depth chart, per the team’s official website. We have included the questionable players in bold, doubtful in italics, and out in strikethrough and note that this does not even include quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo or running back Jerick McKinnon, who are both on injured reserve.

49ers’ Full Depth Chart

Position First-String Second-String Third-String
Position First-String Second-String Third-String
QB C.J. Beathard Nick Mullens
RB Matt Breida/Alfred Morris Raheem Mostert
FB Kyle Juszczyk
WR Pierre Garcon Dante Pettis Kendrick Bourne/Victor Bolden
WR Marquise Goodwin Trent Taylor Richie James
TE George Kittle Garrett Celek Cole Wick
LT Joe Staley Shon Coleman
LG Laken Tomlinson
C Weston Richburg Erik Magnuson
RG Mike Person Joshua Garnett
RT Mike McGlinchey Garry Gilliam

Now take a look at what that looks like if you remove the injured players from the lineup:

49ers’ Worst-Case Depth Chart

Position First-String Second-String
Position First-String Second-String
QB C.J. Beathard Nick Mullens
RB Alfred Morris Raheem Mostert
FB Kyle Juszczyk
WR Kendrick Bourne Victor Bolden
WR Marquise Goodwin Richie James
TE Garrett Celek Cole Wick
LT Shon Coleman
LG Laken Tomlinson
C Erik Magnuson
RG Joshua Garnett
RT Mike McGlinchey Garry Gilliam

That’s a much less imposing unit, particularly up front on the offensive line. And with the Packers still dealing with some injuries to their secondary — Jaire Alexander and Bashaud Breeland are both questionable to play as well — the 49ers having fewer quality receiving weapons would be a benefit to Mike Pettine’s group.

This simply underscores how important the inactive list will be for tonight’s game. Thankfully for the Packers, they’ll have a bye week to regroup rather than playing in week seven on a short week; San Francisco will not be so lucky, going home to host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday afternoon.