Garoppolo (calf) may have a better chance to start after the 49ers' Week 6 bye following news that Trey Lance sprained his left knee during Sunday's 17-10 loss in Arizona, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Lance's injury is believed to be nothing more than a 1-to-2 week deal, but he'll be examined again at the end of this week to get a picture of his health. Meanwhile, Garoppolo continues to recover from a bruised calf suffered Week 5, which allowed Lance to direct the offense in each of the 49ers last six quarters. There's an expectation Garoppolo regains his status as San Francisco's starting quarterback when he's back to 100 percent, and he may do just that Week 7 versus the Colts now that both he and Lance are under the purview of the team's medical staff. If neither Garoppolo nor Lance gain clearance, though, Nate Sudfeld could be tasked with a spot start on Sunday, Oct. 24.
Oct 11, 2021 4:40 PM EST
Garoppolo (calf), who has been ruled out ahead of Sunday's game against the Cardinals, is expected to remain the 49ers' starting quarterback if he's deemed fully healthy following the team's Week 6 bye, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Head coach Kyle Shanahan has been consistent about Garoppolo being viewed as the team's starter since Trey Lance was selected with the No. 3 overall pick in the spring, and the incumbent doesn't look like he'll lose his job even after sitting out Week 5 with the injury. That said, the team's investment in Lance hardly gives Garoppolo much job security, and it wouldn't be overly surprising if the team brass' stance changes if the rookie impresses in his first career NFL start Week 5. For his part, Garoppolo at least looks on track to be available coming out of the bye week, with Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports relaying that the veteran's right calf injury has a roughly "70 percent chance" of healing enough for him to be available Week 7 against the Colts.
Oct 10, 2021 7:03 AM EST
Garoppolo (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday against the Cardinals, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Some figured Trey Lance would take over after a Week 6 bye, but now he'll get his first NFL start right before it. The timing does give Garoppolo a decent shot to avoid any further absences, with coach Kyle Shanahan maintaining that he still wants the veteran to be his starting quarterback when healthy. Of course, that's always subject to change if Lance does big things with his opportunity this Sunday against the Cardinals.
Oct 8, 2021 1:34 PM EST
Garoppolo (calf) wasn't on the field for Friday's practice and appears unlikely to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though Garoppolo's right calf injury kept him from practicing Wednesday and Thursday, general manager John Lynch suggested that Friday's session would be more critical to the quarterback's chances of playing this weekend. With Garoppolo destined to go down as a non-participant on the final injury report, however, he now looks set to miss the Week 5 matchup, paving the way for rookie first-round pick Trey Lance to pick up his first career start. The 49ers will provide an official designation for Garoppolo later Friday, and there's still a possibility he could be listed as questionable or doubtful rather than out if head coach Kyle Shanahan is leaving the door open for the veteran signal-caller to serve as an emergency backup to Lance.
Oct 8, 2021 12:41 PM EST
Garoppolo (calf) isn't on the field for Thursday's practice, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Though head coach Kyle Shanahan has thus far been unwilling to rule Garoppolo out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, the quarterback said himself after exiting the Week 4 loss to the Seahawks that he expects to miss a couple of weeks, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. Based on Garoppolo's consecutive absences at practice to begin Week 5 prep, any hope of him playing in Arizona seems to be dwindling. Trey Lance will direct the first-team offense for the second day in a row Thursday and is trending toward his first career start this weekend.
Oct 7, 2021 12:26 PM EST
Garoppolo (calf) won't practice Wednesday, though 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the quarterback's injury has improved, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Shanahan isn't ready to rule Garoppolo out for Week 5 against Arizona, as swelling in the QB's calf has subsided since Sunday night, per David Lombardi of The Athletic. He may still end up missing the game, in which case No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance would make his first NFL start.
Oct 6, 2021 12:39 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo has been diagnosed with a calf contusion, and the 49ers will evaluate him again Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo didn't play a snap after halftime in the 49ers' Week 4 loss to the Seahawks. A subsequent MRI has revealed the extent of his calf injury, and Shanahan added that if Garoppolo improves enough my mid-week, he may be able to suit up Sunday at Arizona, per Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com. If he does get healthy enough to play, Garoppolo will push Trey Lance back to his backup role. On the other hand, Lance would be in line for his first NFL start if Garoppolo needs some time off.
Oct 4, 2021 3:40 PM EST
Garoppolo (calf) didn't return after halftime in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and will get an MRI on the injury Monday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo actually suffered the injury on the opening drive but was able to stay in the game until halftime. Rookie third-overall pick Trey Lance took over under center at halftime and would start against the Cardinals in Week 5 if Garoppolo can't go, though the starting job will remain in Garoppolo's hands if the MRI result reveals no significant damage and he's able to suit up in Arizona. Per Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus, Garoppolo anticipates that the injury will sideline him for a couple weeks.
Oct 3, 2021 5:26 PM EST
Garoppolo sustained a calf injury during Sunday's contest against the Seahawks, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports
Analysis: Garoppolo worked the entire first half, completing 14 of 23 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and one interception. However, he handed over the offense to rookie first-round pick Trey Lance after halftime. It remains to be seen if Garoppolo will be able to get back on the field, as he was considered questionable to return.
Oct 3, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Garoppolo completed 25 of 40 pass attempts for 257 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble lost in Sunday's 30-28 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: It was a tale of two halves for the 49ers' starting quarterback, as he was missing easy throws and holding on to the ball too long in an ugly first half. He mostly turned things around in the second half and led an unlikely comeback before Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams and Mason Crosby crushed San Francisco's hopes for a win in the final 37 seconds of the game. Garoppolo looked like he had returned to his 2019 form of above-average play over the first two games of the season, but he began to show some of the flaws that caused his team to mortgage its future and draft Trey Lance (one carry, one yard and a touchdown) with the third-overall pick this past offseason. The 29-year-old may still give the 49ers the best chance to win this season, but if he continues to make mistakes like he did in this one, we will start to hear rumblings for Lance to take over. For now, Garoppolo is expected to start in a pivotal NFC West matchup against the Seahawks next Sunday.
Sep 26, 2021 10:21 PM EST
Garoppolo completed 22 of 30 pass attempts for 189 yards and a touchdown, adding 20 yards and another touchdown on 11 carries in Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Garoppolo didn't have as many big throws as he did in last week's win over the Lions, completing just one pass over 11 yards (a 40-yard strike to Deebo Samuel) against a tougher Eagles defense. The 29-year-old did bolster his stat line with a rushing touchdown when he took a quarterback sneak into the end zone for the eventual winning score. Rookie backup Trey Lance did not vulture a touchdown this week, and surprisingly, he did not even record a pass or rush in a close victory. Garoppolo should be considered a mid-tier option heading into a matchup against the Packers on Sunday Night Football.
Sep 19, 2021 3:00 PM EST
Garoppolo completed 17 of 25 pass attempts for 314 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 41-33 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Garoppolo's 2021 campaign got off to a horrid start when he fumbled away the first offensive snap of the game. The 29-year-old was unfazed by the faux pas, as he went on to complete his first nine passes of the game en route to a solid fantasy line. Most notably, Garoppolo went 2-for-2 and a touchdown on passes of 20-plus air yards, after going 1-for-11 with four interceptions on such throws over the course of the entire 2020 season. Perhaps the poor quarterback play we saw last year truly was due to the high-ankle sprain he tried playing through. Garoppolo is still not a high-end fantasy option, as his ceiling isn't particularly high and he will cede some stats to rookie Trey Lance (threw a passing touchdown) when he is brought in on special packages. The 49ers' quarterback duo will get a stiffer test on the road against the Eagles next Sunday.
Sep 12, 2021 2:32 PM EST
Garoppolo confirmed during Wednesday's media session that he's starting Sunday's game at Detroit, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Now, it's official, I guess," Garoppolo added.
Analysis: As the only incumbent quarterback on the 49ers, Garoppolo was favored to claim his usual role, even with Trey Lance putting up a valiant effort throughout the offseason, training camp and preseason. Then, after Lance, the third overall pick in the 2021 draft, suffered a chip fracture in one of the fingers on his throwing hand in San Fran's exhibition finale, Garoppolo's path to the job was even clearer. The team teased Wednesday's announcement by listing Garoppolo as the No. 1 QB on its first unofficial depth chart of the season Tuesday, and he may even take all the reps under center Week 1 if Lance doesn't get healthy enough to suit up.
Sep 8, 2021 1:21 PM EST
Garoppolo was listed as the starting quarterback on the 49ers' first unofficial depth chart of the season Tuesday, Josh Dubow of the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: This is the first sign Garoppolo will open the 2021 campaign at the top of the depth chart, despite Trey Lance making a concerted effort throughout the preseason to dethrone the veteran. Unfortunately for Lance, he suffered a chip fracture in a finger on his right throwing hand in the team's exhibition finale, which was kept the rookie out of most drills over the past week. The third overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft may still be incorporated in the game plan Week 1 and beyond, as was forecast in preseason Week 3, when Garoppolo and Lance alternated series and even snaps on certain possession. Still, Garoppolo is poised to be announced as San Fran's No. 1 QB on Wednesday, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News.
Sep 7, 2021 5:08 PM EST
Garoppolo completed four of seven passes for 64 yards and rushed for a one-yard touchdown in Sunday's 34-10 preseason win over the Raiders.
Analysis: Garoppolo started and capped San Francisco's opening drive with a scramble into the end zone off a bootleg pass play. The signal-caller then got the Niners into scoring position on their second series, which rookie Trey Lance paid off with a two-yard touchdown rush after subbing in. As a passer, however, Lance completed just six of 13 attempts for 46 yards. At this stage, it seems Garoppolo will ultimately be named the team's starter for Week 1's matchup against the Lions, but as coach Kyle Shanahan showed Sunday, Lance may still be incorporated in special situations.
Aug 29, 2021 4:14 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan relayed that Garoppolo will start Sunday's preseason finale versus the Raiders, though Trey Lance will be "mixed in" with the first team to some degree during the contest, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: As Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News notes, Shanahan was open about his intentions regarding the team's starting QB for Sunday's game, but declined to address who will get the nod in Week 1. At this stage, however, Garoppolo is the favorite to helm the team's offense versus the Lions on Sept. 12.
Aug 27, 2021 1:33 PM EST
Garoppolo remains the favorite to open the season as San Francisco's starting quarterback, though he and rookie Trey Lance split first-team reps Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan continues to avoid naming a starter, though he talked Wednesday of utilizing quarterback substitutions similar to the Saints with Drew Brees and Taysom Hill over the past couple years. Shanahan has seemingly already made up his mind on a starter, and it appears to be Garoppolo based on how reps have been split throughout training camp and the preseason. However, the rookie Lance may still have some opportunities to see the field at the start of the regular season, though it's unclear exactly how Shanahan intends to employ the multi-quarterback strategy.
Aug 25, 2021 5:48 PM EST
Garoppolo completed 3 of 6 pass attempts for 15 yards and an interception in Sunday's 15-10 preseason win over the Chargers.
Analysis: Garoppolo got the start as expected, but only played for one series before giving way to rookie Trey Lance. The former was uncharacteristically inaccurate, most notably missing Deebo Samuel high on a crossing route that resulted in a pick. Garoppolo's best play actually came on a 10-yard scramble for a first down. Not much to take away here, as Garoppolo is still considered the favorite to begin the year as the starter, and both quarterbacks had bouts of inaccuracy in this one. Expect the playing time to even out a bit more in the 49ers' dress rehearsal against the Raiders next Sunday.
Aug 22, 2021 8:03 PM EST
Garoppolo likely will play "a quarter, a quarter and a half" Sunday at the Chargers, coach Kyle Shanahan told David Lombardi of The Athletic on Friday.
Analysis: The 49ers and Chargers held a joint practice Friday, after which Shanahan made the declaration. Thus, it appears Garoppolo will get more than the one possession he led in San Francisco's preseason opener last Saturday versus the Chiefs. In that contest, he completed all three of his passes for 26 yards before handing the offense over to Trey Lance. During the aforementioned practice session, Lance got live reps against another first-team defense as Shanahan continues to introduce the 2021 third overall pick to more and more high-profile snaps.
Aug 20, 2021 5:22 PM EST
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will start Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs but will likely only handle one series, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo is listed as the starter on San Francisco's first unofficial depth chart, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News, and he remains to favorite to start Week 1 under center. As preseason action approaches, the question is how many opportunities rookie first-round pick Trey Lance will get to showcase his explosiveness, and whether Garoppolo can avoid making mistakes. After Garoppolo opens Saturday's exhibition match, Lance is expected to finish out the first half.
Aug 12, 2021 10:14 AM EST
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