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Boone says playing tackle for the 49ers hits home

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Alex Boone said it wasn't easy going back to his original position at left tackle on Sunday vs. the Rams. After playing guard for 27 regular season games, the 49ers guard talked about how painful it initially was going back.

"It was like riding the bike [on Sunday]," Boone said after the game. "It was coming back home for eight years. I'd rather play guard. I kind of [complain] about playing there as I don't like it [anymore]."

When Joe Staley went down with a sprained MCL in the first quarter, Boone had to move from right guard to tackle, which is where he started his football career. Joe Looney, the team's fourth-round draft pick from 2012 took over at right guard.

For Boone, he said he was ready for any situation despite not practicing at LT last week. He brought up the occurrence that anything can happen.

"When something like this happens you have to be ready [at anytime]," Boone said. "It's part of being a football player. You have to trust the man next to you. When others guys are called in on offense, they must step up."

Boone, 26, was an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State back in 2009 as he spent his first season on the 49ers practice squad. After being a reserve tackle in 2011, the 49ers coaching staff moved him to right guard after current reserve OL Adam Snyder left in free agency during the 2012 offseason.

Along with Boone and Staley, Jonathan Goodwin, Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis have become one of the best groups of starting offensive linemen in the NFL. Starting at the beginning of the 2012 season, all five players started 29 consecutive games, including three in the postseason.

Despite going back to his original position on Sunday, Boone played well in pass protection when blocking Rams DE Robert Quinn. The 49ers offensive lineman didn't give up a sack on his side of the line.

With the Seattle Seahawks coming in to face the 49ers on Sunday, the division title will be on the line. Staley and Iupati's statuses for the game are up in the air, but Boone is ready to play tackle if needed. The fifth-year offensive lineman said he expects this game to be tough and he is ready to answer the call.

"It's another game for us [on the schedule]," Boone said. "Anytime you over-think a game, you get beat. It's just a game. We know it's going to be [chippy] and physical and that's one of the games we love."


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