Will the San Francisco 49ers be getting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back at some point this season, after all? After it was initially reported Garoppolo would need season-ending surgery on a foot injury suffered in NFL Week 13, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that the 49ers found out Garoppolo did not suffer a feared Lisfranc injury and could return in 7-9 weeks if all goes well in his recovery. Following the latest news on the Jimmy Garoppolo injury, the 49ers Super Bowl odds got a slight boost to +1200.
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Looking at the latest timeline, Garoppolo would have a tight schedule to make it back in time for the NFC playoffs. San Francisco (8-4) leads the NFC West by one game over the Seattle Seahawks (7-5).
The Wild Card Round is six weeks from when he was injured (Jan. 14-15), the Divisional Round is seven weeks (Jan. 21-22), the NFC Championship is eight weeks (Jan. 29), and the 2023 Super Bowl is 10 weeks (Feb. 12). But it does change the dynamic surrounding the 49ers quarterback room of Brock Purdy and Josh Johnson with the Jimmy Garoppolo injury not necessarily season-ending.
The 49ers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
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When Baker Mayfield was granted his release from the Carolina Panthers earlier in the week, rumors surfaced that the 49ers might make a waiver claim on the No. 1 pick from the 2018 NFL Draft, but the quarterback was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday afternoon, given their own depleted quarterback room.
"We look into everything, but that’d surprise me right now," San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said when asked about adding Mayfield to replace Garoppolo, via SI. "We have to discuss more this afternoon, but I've always been a fan of his, but I feel real good about our players, and we'll look into everything, but I feel pretty good with where we're at right now."
When Garoppolo went down against the Miami Dolphins, backup Purdy came in and completed 27 of 35 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in the 33-15 win.
“Brock came in and made some big plays,” Shanahan said. “... Just throwing him in there in the heat of battle like that, they had some good adjustments, taking away our hot throws.
“We were having to change a lot of stuff on the fly, which put a lot of pressure on him that way. I thought he did a hell of a job doing it.”
The 49ers signed veteran Johnson but appear comfortable with Purdy until Garoppolo returns from his injury.