|Team:||San Francisco 49ers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 226 lb.|
|Born:||November 2, 1991|
|Drafted:||2014 / Rd. 2 (62)|
49ers GM John Lynch told the Eye Test for Two podcast he has no doubt Garoppolo (ankle) will be the team's Week 1 starter in 2021.
Analysis: Lynch did stipulate "if he's injury-free" when he was asked about his commitment to Garoppolo, who missed 13 games in 2018 and 10 in 2020. There's been talk of the team pursuing Deshaun Watson, but it isn't clear the Texans will comply with their star QB's trade request, and even if they do, San Francisco can't match the draft picks Miami and New York have to offer. Garoppolo has two years remaining on his five-year, $137.5 million contract, with a dead-cap charge of only $2.8 million if he's traded or released this offseason. Lynch may expect Garoppolo to keep the starting job, but that doesn't mean the 49ers GM won't consider other options. Garoppolo should have plenty of time this winter and spring to recover from the high-ankle sprain that caused him to miss the second half of the 2020 campaign.
Garoppolo (ankle) won't return for Week 17 against the Seahawks, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The 49ers designated Garoppolo to return from injured reserve at the beginning of Week 16, but that mostly seemed to be about getting him back on the practice field. Once the team was eliminated from playoff contention, there was never any suggestion Garoppolo might return for the final two weeks. While coach Kyle Shanahan said he expects Garoppolo to be the 49ers' starting QB in 2021, it won't come as any great surprise if the team pursues an upgrade. Garoppolo has two years remaining on his contract, scheduled for non-guaranteed base salaries of $24.1 million and $24.2 million in 2021-22, per overthecap.com. The dead-cap charge will be only $2.8 million if he's traded or released this offseason.
Garoppolo (ankle) isn't expected to be activated from IR in advance of Sunday's season finale against the Seahawks, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Assuming Garoppolo remains sidelined this week, he'll turn his focus to recovering from the significant right high-ankle sprain that derailed his 2020 season. When asked Monday whether Garoppolo will be the 49ers' QB in 2021, coach Kyle Shanahan said "I do believe Jimmy's going to be our quarterback next year." As for Week 17, C.J. Beathard is expected to draw the start against Seattle.
Garoppolo (ankle) was designated to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo will return to practice Tuesday, opening the 21-day evaluation window to be activated from IR. With the 49ers out of the playoff hunt, they weren't expected to bring back Garoppolo this season. However, Nick Mullens (elbow) is done for the season, and practice squad quarterback John Johnson is in COVID-19 protocol, leaving C.J. Beathard as the only healthy option for San Francisco. Even with the uncertainty in the quarterback room, coach Kyle Shanahan said he'd be very surprised if Garoppolo plays again this year, according to Wagoner.
The 49ers don't plan on activating Garoppolo (ankle) from injured reserve before their Week 16 game against the Cardinals, and the quarterback appears increasingly unlikely to play again this season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo has been sidelined since Nov. 1 with a significant right high-ankle sprain, and though he avoided surgery to address the injury, the 29-year-old still has yet to resume practicing seven weeks later. Though Garoppolo could be cleared to get in some on-field reps next week, the 49ers already appear to have ruled him out from starting against the Cardinals, leaving the Jan. 3 season finale against the Seahawks as his last chance to suit up. However, with the 5-8 49ers on the brink of being eliminated from postseason contention, Garoppolo likely won't be activated -- even if medically cleared -- if there's little at stake in Week 17. Assuming Garoppolo is in fact shut down for the season, it could spell the end to his tenure with the 49ers, as San Francisco could cut him this offseason while taking only a modest $4.2 million hit to their salary-cap space.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo (ankle) won't play Sunday against the Cowboys and will be reevaluated next week, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Shanahan indicated Garoppolo has yet to be fully cleared by the medical staff, so it's too risky to consider a return to game action. According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, Shanahan also said it's "up in the air" whether Garoppolo retakes the field this season and noted the quarterback's high-ankle sprain was the "worst" of the high-ankle sprains suffered by San Francisco players this season. Nick Mullens started the past five games for the 49ers, but C.J. Beathard could also be in the mix this week.
Coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful Garoppolo (ankle) will return for the "last couple weeks" of the season, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo hasn't suited up since Week 8, when he suffered his second (and a more significant) high-ankle sprain of the campaign. By Nov. 17, he had got rid of the walking boot from his right foot, but only this week will Garoppolo start to do individual work on a side field. Speaking of a potential return date, Shanahan noted "whether it's two games or one game or none," meaning a decision on his activation from IR may depend on the 49ers' odds to make the postseason.
Coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful Garoppolo (ankle) returns at some point "later in the season," Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Shanahan noted Garoppolo has ditched the walking boot he's been wearing since suffering his second high-ankle sprain of the season back in Week 8. The 49ers return to action after their Week 11 bye on Sunday, Nov. 29 against the Rams, which lines up with the front end of his 4-to-6-week recovery timeline. That said, the team likely will be cautious with Garoppolo's recovery, which would instead mean he'd return -- if cleared -- for one of the final five contests of the campaign.
Garoppolo has met with a foot specialist and confirmed that he won't need to undergo surgery to address his high-ankle sprain, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo's meeting with foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson affirmed the advice of San Francisco's team doctors, so the signal-caller will continue to rest his ankle with the intention of testing it out for a possible return at a later date. High-ankle sprains normally carry a 4-to-6 week recovery timetable, and general manager John Lynch confirmed that if Garoppolo doesn't come along on schedule, surgery could come back into play as an option. In the meantime, Nick Mullens will start for the 49ers, with C.J. Beathard serving as his primary backup.
Garoppolo hasn't been recommended surgery from any of the doctors he's visited with since suffering a right high ankle sprain in last week's loss to the Seahawks, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo missed two games earlier this season after spraining the same ankle, and though he looks poised to avoid surgery following his latest setback, he'll be in store for a lengthier recovery period this time around. For now, Garoppolo will treat the injury with rest and rehab for the next 4-to-6 weeks before the 49ers re-evaluate him for a potential return from injured reserve. Coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged earlier this week that Garoppolo isn't a lock to make it back from IR this season, and the 4-5 49ers' standing in the NFC playoff picture once December arrives will likely play a factor in any decision about the quarterback's activation. Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard will serve as the 49ers' signal-callers for however long Garoppolo remains sidelined.
The 49ers officially placed Garoppolo (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The transaction was merely a formality, as head coach Kyle Shanahan admitted Wednesday that Garoppolo could be done for the season after aggravating a high-ankle sprain in last week's loss to the 49ers. At the very least, Garoppolo will have to miss three games by virtue of landing on IR, so the 49ers will turn the offense over to Nick Mullens in the meantime.
Garoppolo (ankle) may not play again this season, per coach Kyle Shanahan, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The team likely won't rush Garoppolo back if it falls out of playoff contention, and he may not recover from his ankle injury in time to contribute again in 2020 regardless. Nick Mullens will get the first crack at filling in under center, with C.J. Beathard also on hand should Mullens struggle. Shanahan also didn't commit to Garoppolo's status on the team for 2021, as Garoppolo didn't exactly light it up when out there this season, with a 7:5 TD:INT and no 300-yard performances.
The 49ers will place Garoppolo (ankle) on injured reserve, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Under the rules put in place this season, Garoppolo will be sidelined at least three weeks as a result of this move. That said, coach Kyle Shanahan told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that Garoppolo suffered an entirely new high ankle sprain from the one suffered back in September, meaning he'll be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks. Because surgery is being considered, there's also potential for the quarterback to miss the rest of the campaign. As long as Garoppolo is sidelined, Nick Mullens will direct the 49ers offense, with C.J. Beathard in reserve.
Garoppolo (ankle) will miss at least the next six weeks and could miss more time if surgery is required, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: If Garoppolo returns on the most optimistic side of his timeline, the Week 14 matchup with Washington comes exactly six weeks after his removal from last week's loss to Seattle. Nick Mullens will start under center while Garoppolo recovers for a 49ers offense that could be without star tight end George Kittle (foot) for the rest of the season.
Garoppolo has a high-ankle sprain and is out indefinitely, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo exited in the third quarter of this past Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and didn't return. This injury has been nagging Garoppolo since Week 2, and the team has decided to shut him down until he can fully recover. There's a good chance that he's placed on IR, which would keep him out until at least Week 12. Nick Mullens is expected to be San Francisco's starting quarterback this Thursday against the Packers, while C.J. Beathard serves as the backup.
Garoppolo suffered an ankle injury during Sunday's contest at Seattle, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.
Analysis: After the 49ers' third possession of the third quarter, Garoppolo was in clear pain on the sideline. Shortly thereafter, backup Nick Mullens was seen warming up on the sideline, forecasting a health concern for Garoppolo, who missed Weeks 3 and 4 due to a high right ankle sprain. If Garoppolo aggravated the issue, his status will be one to watch as the 49ers have a short week to prepare for a Thursday matchup with the Packers.
Garoppolo completed 20 of 25 pass attempts for 277 yards and two interceptions while gaining four yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 33-6 win over the 49ers.
Analysis: Garoppolo averaged a healthy 11.1 yards per attempt while completing an impressive 80 percent of his passes. He committed two turnovers in the first half, including one on a heave to the end zone just before halftime, though his team took a 20-point lead into the break thanks to a dominant performance by the ground attack. It wasn't quite the return to Foxboro that Garoppolo imagined from a personal perspective, but he came away with another win nonetheless. He was coming off a stellar three-touchdown performance in his previous game and will look to get back on track next Sunday against the Seahawks.
Garoppolo wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report.
Analysis: It wouldn't have been shocking for Garoppolo to make an appearance on the report after missing Weeks 3 and 4 due to a high right ankle sprain. Plus, coach Kyle Shanahan held Garoppolo out of the second half in his return Week 5 against the Dolphins, seemingly as a precautionary measure. Garoppolo then put together a season-best effort Sunday night versus the Rams, completing 23 of 33 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. With his ankle injury behind him, he'll take aim this weekend at New England's ninth-ranked pass defense (219.8 yards per game).
Garoppolo (ankle) completed 23 of 33 pass attempts for 268 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Rams.
Analysis: If there was any doubt that Garoppolo's dismal performance (and subsequent benching) wasn't related to him coming back too quickly from a high-ankle sprain, let Sunday's masterful performance quash any concerns regarding his abilities under center. The 28-year-old looked like a completely different player against the Rams, as he was moving well in the pocket and more accurate on longer pass attempts that required him to plant on the balky ankle. Ankle sprains can be tricky and require extra time to heal, so don't be surprised if Garoppolo remains on the injury report during practice this week. That being said, it appears that fantasy owners can resume using Jimmy G as either a starter in medium-to-large sized leagues and potentially as a value play in DFS formats against the right opponent. Next Sunday's matchup against the Patriots may not be one of those aforementioned favorable matchups, as New England boasts some talented defensive backs.
Garoppolo (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Garoppolo upheld coach Kyle Shanahan's expectation from earlier Wednesday that the QB would have no restrictions on his practice reps to begin Week 6 prep. Just a few days removed from playing his first half of football since Week 2, Garoppolo appears as if he'll be able to handle every rep this coming Sunday against the Rams. Still, with a meager performance Week 5 versus the Dolphins -- 7-for-17 passing for 77 yards and two interceptions -- he'll be attempting to right the ship against L.A.'s tough pass defense.
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