UPDATE: Jimmy Garoppolo Could Return This Season

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo
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NFL Week 13 - According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo avoided any ligament damage in his foot and will avoid surgery. While Garoppolo is still expected to miss significant time, a smooth rehab would give him a chance to return in seven to eight weeks. The Divisional round of the NFL playoffs would mark seven weeks from the day Garoppolo was injured. It is still more likely Garoppolo is out for the season, but the 49ers receiving best-possible injury news now opens up the chance to return. 

Original Story:

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a season-ending foot injury during Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.

Garoppolo exited on the first drive of Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Garoppolo's DVOA ranked third among all quarterbacks in the league, and his 27.2% mark would be his best-ever mark for a season as a starter. 

Garoppolo was replaced by Brock Purdy, who finished 25-for-37 for 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. San Francisco also rushed 34 times today, led by Christian McCaffrey with 17 attempts for 66 yards.


31 comments, Last at 07 Dec 2022, 6:32pm

#1 by Aaron Brooks G… // Dec 04, 2022 - 9:00pm

Perhaps the strategy of only acquiring players with discounts because of health issues was short-sighted.

Points: -1

#2 by Chuckc // Dec 04, 2022 - 10:08pm

Not sure how that applies to Garoppolo. He wasn't considered injury prone when they got him.

Points: 6

#4 by Mike B. In Va // Dec 05, 2022 - 7:23am

Apparently it's something that comes with being acquired by the Niners. Except McCaffery? Maybe they should ONLY acquire injury-prone players? Like reverse psychology?

Points: 0

#6 by Aaron Brooks G… // Dec 05, 2022 - 9:01am

Lance, though, opted out of two seasons. He's played 23 football games since the start of 2018.

Points: 1

#9 by dmb // Dec 05, 2022 - 10:30am

Sure, Lance's lost college season was a risk affiliated with the pick, but not one related to "health issues," unless your original post was referring to the pandemic (which it certainly didn't seem to be). Considering Lance was an FCS player selected 3rd overall, and that the Niners traded away a boatload of assets to move up for him, I also think it's hard to argue that he came at much of a discount.


Points: 4

#31 by BigRichie // Dec 07, 2022 - 6:32pm

Hard to get injured holding a clipboard. The one year New England year he was called upon to play, Jimmy got injured right quick, didn't he?

Points: 0

#7 by RickD // Dec 05, 2022 - 9:27am

Do you think "broken foot" is an injury that is more likely to happen to some people than others?  

Points: 1

#8 by Aaron Brooks G… // Dec 05, 2022 - 10:17am

It's pretty unlikely to happen to a lower-leg amputee.

I'm not sure how predictable that is, really. There are a bunch of different kinds, but getting stepped on is sort of a random risk that can happen to a lot of positions. 

Points: 2

#13 by coboney // Dec 05, 2022 - 12:06pm

That's not really been the 49ers thing for a few years anymore. That was most prominently a Trent Balke thing (Injured players should now apply to the Jaguars) and it has some cost still in spots but its been a while.

Points: 1

#5 by Pat // Dec 05, 2022 - 8:40am

Mike Tanier's "Michael Thomas is a salary-cap accounting trick" should be used for Garoppolo from now on.

Feel bad for him. Got all the talent to play in the NFL, just not the body.

Points: 1

#14 by coboney // Dec 05, 2022 - 12:07pm

We've seen Jimmy G play football this year, and last year unlike the alleged Michael Thomas

Points: 1

#16 by Pat // Dec 05, 2022 - 1:05pm

Maybe it's some sort of reverse Michael Thomas thing. Like, when Garoppolo's like "not feeling it out there, guys" they're like "quick! thrown on Generic 3rd String QB mask!" and then it's like "oh, Jimmy's injured, now we have (check notes) C.J. Beathard!"

I mean, really, Nick Mullens? C.J. Beathard? And now Brock Purdy? I question whether or not these people exist.

Points: 1

#10 by bravehoptoad // Dec 05, 2022 - 11:00am

Poor Jimmy.

Poor 49ers, too. They have Super Bowl-caliber talent, but at QB only their 3rd-stringer: your 2022 Mr. Irrelevant.

First QB: broken ankle, check. Second QB: broken ankle, check. Yeesh.

Points: 0

#15 by serutan // Dec 05, 2022 - 12:15pm

And if you look at the replay it's not hard to believe it could be both.

And now it's going to be the 2021-22 offseason all over again - Garappolo's attractiveness to other teams diminished by injury, Lance a question mark due to insufficient starts (i.e. lack of data) to decide it he's the guy.

Points: 2

#17 by KnotMe // Dec 05, 2022 - 1:19pm

Yeah,. it's hard to imagine a team throwing a starting job at Jimmy at this point as you gotta ask your self "what are the odds he makes it through the season?". 


The Niners should just resign him with the plan of not playing him till about week 14 or so.  Might actually be able to do a run that way. 

Points: 0

#19 by Pat // Dec 05, 2022 - 2:02pm

you gotta ask your self "what are the odds he makes it through the season?". 

Crudely? 16.7%.

Points: 1

#24 by RickD // Dec 06, 2022 - 9:36am

If I needed a QB, I'd give him a tryout.  Who else is available?  Baker Mayfield?  

Points: 0

#20 by dmb // Dec 05, 2022 - 2:13pm

Garappolo's attractiveness to other teams diminished by injury

His attractiveness to other teams may take a hit, but it will remain forever unblemished to any warm-blooded human with functioning eyes and a heart.

Points: 5

#18 by Aaron Brooks G… // Dec 05, 2022 - 1:57pm

Somewhere there is a season where Trey Lance, Chris McCaffrey, Jeff Wilson, and Jimmy Garoppolo all serially hand off the starting job baton just as their knee explodes.

Points: 0

#21 by jimbohead // Dec 05, 2022 - 2:20pm

I'm curious if Mike's watched any niners games this year. He hasn't talked much about the team, and when he has, its been pretty general (as here).

Purdy threw 37 times after Jimmy went out. He executed real well against jailbreak blitzes, threw bullets into a couple tight windows, walked himself into trouble against 4-man rushes, and badly overthrew Aiyuck on an out (looked like maybe Purdy expected a corner route).

This year is so weird in the NFC. (warning: fan-casting ahead) If the niners can scrape together a couple more wins, especially against the hawks, they'll get the NFCW title. Because the NFCS has imploded, if they get the division they'll probably also end up with the 3 seed. So wild-card weekend will be against a team like the Giants or Commanders, which is totally winnable, even with Purdy. The Vikings have a great record, but terrible DVOA, but assuming they take care of business against the 7 seed, the niners have a shot against them too. Now, that's not a Superbowl run, but an NFCC appearance with a 3d stringer is a fine year, and at least within the realm of possibility.

Points: 1

#22 by Vincent Verhei // Dec 05, 2022 - 3:52pm

Mike who? Tanier? He didn't write this. Cale Clinton did.

Points: 1

#23 by ImNewAroundThe… // Dec 05, 2022 - 7:44pm


Shouldn't change their offseason plans. Then again they were apparently discussing a deal right before this. Maybe THIS will be the final nail in the coffin for that idea. But the NFL is a tricky beast. Complacency is big. This is a good get out of jail free card to move on. Finally go all in with Y3 of Lance (and that huge trade up) as well as Y2 of Purdy (and for whatever reason you drafted him, surely it isn't this because...he sure isn't giving ya THAT much hope for the rest of the season). 

Pray the Jets throw a bag at him, take the comp pick and use the cap space to pay Bosa and/or McGlinchey, instead of using it on a limited QB that has played one (1) full season out of nine (9). Yeah, there's a risk, but the QB(s) are under market value, take it and use the money on other positions to make up for it. Scared money don't make money. 

Points: 0

#26 by serutan // Dec 06, 2022 - 7:11pm

 it isn't this because...he sure isn't giving ya THAT much hope for the rest of the season

  Agree with the rest of the season, but he might give hope that he'll be a solid #2 in the long term.

Points: 0

#29 by ImNewAroundThe… // Dec 07, 2022 - 2:53pm

Not sure that's ever worth investing in ahead of time. They aren't ever gonna trust him with the franchise. Might as well use the pick on someone that can help those that they will trust. 

Points: 0

#30 by ImNewAroundThe… // Dec 07, 2022 - 2:53pm

Not sure that's ever worth investing in ahead of time. They aren't ever gonna trust him with the franchise. Might as well use the pick on someone that can help those that they will trust. 

Points: 0

#27 by GertrudeHerrmann // Dec 07, 2022 - 6:17am


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