San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has a chance to play in Week 3.
The San Francisco 49ers are still recovering from what was a devastating victory over the New York Jets this past Sunday. And one of the main reasons for that was the injury suffered by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
While the game went quite well from an on-field perspective, the 49ers came out of Sunday’s dominant matchup looking worse for wear following an unprecedented string of injuries.
Garoppolo left after the first half with an ankle injury. Raheem Mostert joined him with a knee injury. The likes of Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas were both carted off with serious knee injuries with both confirmed to have suffered torn ACLs.
Sunday was a rough day despite the victory, and while there wasn’t much in the way of positive news coming out of the weekend, the news regarding Garoppolo is likely as good as it gets.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke to reporters on Monday and stated that the 49ers’ quarterback had suffered a high-ankle sprain, but that it wasn’t as bad as first anticipated.
In fact, Shanahan even said that Garoppolo has a chance to play this coming Sunday against the New York Giants. Now, it certainly doesn’t seem likely that will be the case, but the fact that there’s even a shot is truly remarkable.
And after the injury updates about the likes of Bosa, Thomas, and Mostert, the 49ers certainly could use the positivity.
The 49ers likely won’t start Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 3 despite this news.
It still seems likely that the 49ers will trot Nick Mullens out against the Giants, especially given the circumstances of this past week’s game. There were questions following the game about the playing condition of the MetLife Stadium turf.
And seeing as though the 49ers will be playing on that same turf for the second consecutive week, they likely won’t want to rush Garoppolo back. That’s doubly true given that they won’t be preparing for their most difficult matchup of the year.
No disrespect to the Giants, but they’re not exactly the same as a divisional showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.
All this means that Mullens will likely take the field as the starter on Sunday with C.J. Beathard serving as the backup. But Garoppolo’s status is certainly worth monitoring as the week goes on.
And it’s very likely we see him returner much sooner than most expected.