SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers might be getting closer to having their projected starting offensive line on the field. But it still might be awhile before they have their best group of blockers together on offense.
Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday he is “hopeful” right tackle Anthony Davis can return to practice this week. Davis has missed the first two weeks of practices during the regular season with a hamstring injury after missing all of training camp while rehabbing a surgically repaired shoulder.
But it is unknown how long it will take from the time Davis is cleared to practice until he is ready to play at a high level in games. Davis might have to work his way back into game shape in his first couple of games back in action. Davis was seen going through rehabilitation with 49ers strength and conditioning coach Mark Uyeyama on the field prior to the 49ers’ game Sunday night against the Chicago Bears.
Jonathan Martin, who filled in for Davis during training camp and the first two exhibition games, had a strong opening week against the Dallas Cowboys. But Martin struggled against the Bears, surrendering two sacks in the 49ers’ 28-20 loss to open Levi’s Stadium.
Right guard Alex Boone made his first start on Sunday after ending his extended contract holdout. Joe Looney, who started in Boone’s absence, saw one snap on offense as an extra blocker.