SANTA CLARA –- The 49ers are now paying guard Alex Boone like a frontline starter, but Boone still might not be in uniform for the season opener.
The 49ers have two weeks to activate Boone from the exempt list after he reported to the team’s facility Monday to sign a two-year, $6 million contract. Boone can earn an addition $1 million per season if he is named Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro.
But in order for Boone to be eligible to play in Sunday’s game, the 49ers must activate him before the close of business on Saturday.
When asked if Boone is in good physical condition, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, “He appears to be.”
Joe Looney worked with the 49ers’ first-team offense throughout Boone’s protracted contract dispute.
If Boone is not deemed ready for action, Looney will get the start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.
Looney and Boone could split action, too.
“He’s been working in,” 49ers center Daniel Kilgore said of Boone. “I don’t feel like he’s missed a beat. He’s done a good job of staying in shape. Hopefully, if he does go in, he can do his best and pick up where he left off.”