49ers get shocking good news on Jimmy Garoppolo

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The 49ers have stated twice that Jimmy Garoppolo would not be their quarterback this season. The first time came this summer, when Trey Lance got the running job. The second came on Sunday, when Garoppolo injured his foot against the Dolphins and was ruled out unequivocally. “He’ll be out,” Kyle Shanahan said on Sunday, meaning before the season. “He’s going to need surgery, he broke a few things there.”

Both times, it turns out, may have been premature. After Trey Lance broke his ankle in Week 2, Garoppolo rode in to save the season. The only thing that would be more dramatic would be Garoppolo returning to the playoffs. According to a stunning ESPN report, it could happen.

“Doctors concluded today that 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo does not need foot surgery, it is not a Lisfranc injury, and if rehabilitation goes smoothly, he could have a chance to return in 7-8 weeks,” Adam Schefter said Tuesday afternoon.

The divisional playoffs are exactly seven weeks away, if you count. The Niners are almost out of contention for the bye that comes with the No. 1 seed. At 8-4 with mind-boggling losses to the Broncos, Bears and Falcons, San Francisco is fourth in the conference and three games behind the 11-1 Eagles with only five left to play. So in Schefter’s best case, Brock Purdy (or Josh Johnson) would lead the offense for the rest of the regular season and at least one playoff game. The Athletic reported this on Tuesday that “There’s a chance there’s also six weeks in the game if there’s no Lisfranc injury/no surgery,” which would put Garoppolo in play for the wild card round.

It is clear that the Niners have had to avoid a meltdown with Purdy for the past five weeks to make the playoffs, but they are in control of their destiny. They lead the Seahawks by one game for the division, with a head-to-head victory in hand and another game looming on December 15. They are also a game better than the Washington Commanders, who are currently the first team to be eliminated. of the NFC playoff photo; they host Washington on Christmas Eve.

It’s also good news for Garoppolo, as he’s a free agent awaiting. Before Sunday’s disaster, he seemed lined up to cash in on this off-season, both in the Bay Area and elsewhere. What was initially considered a broken foot would have been another serious injury for Garoppolo. He missed most of 2018 with a torn ACL and most of 2020 with lower leg injuries; he played through a sprained thumb and a shoulder injury that eventually required surgery last season. His history of injuries played a part in the Niners moving forward, and it certainly led to the slack trading market for him this spring and summer.

Even with a healthy Garoppolo ready to play, Brock Purdy could develop into the 49ers version of Nick Foles and boost the team for the playoffs. But if Purdy is balling and Garoppolo is ready to play again, that’s a problem the Niners will be happy to deal with.

This latest news item has been updated.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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