SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Kyle Shanahan says QB Jimmy Garoppolo has ‘outside chance’ to return next week

Jan 20, 2023, 3:07 PM | Updated: 3:08 pm

Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines in the first half d...

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines in the first half during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium on January 08, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The 49ers have one of the cleanest bills of health heading into the NFC divisional round against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday. Only two players are out for this weekend’s game: Cornerback Ambry Thomas and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

And the latter could be back soon.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Friday that Garoppolo took part in his first week of conditioning at practice since fracturing his foot. Jimmy G suffered the lower leg injury Week 13 against the Miami Dolphins and has been off the field ever seen. Despite the progress, Garoppolo has been ruled out for this weekend against the Cowboys, and could even miss the NFC Championship game.

“I’d be surprised,” Shanahan said about Garoppolo’s chances of returning next week. “I think it’s an outside chance.”

Garoppolo recently had his cast removed from his injured right left foot, and is now walking in a boot as the ailment heals. Still seen as the backup to rookie Brock Purdy if he returns this season, Jimmy G’s progress is a positive step for all parties alike.

“He got to do some work out there so we saw him do his rehab stuff too as we came out [to practice], Shanahan added. “[He looked] good.”

Garoppolo is more likely to be available if the 49ers advance to the Super Bowl on February 12th.

Meanwhile, rookie QB Brock Purdy has been a sparkplug in Jimmy G’s absence, staying undefeated in the NFL at 7-0. The last pick in the 2022 draft, Purdy isn’t seen as a rookie anymore by Cowboys’ head coach Mike McCarthy, giving him praise in this week’s pressers.

But while the rest of the NFL is just starting to see Purdy in that light, Shanahan realized his pupil had blossomed into a starting quarterback during the Dolphins game.

I felt that [way] during the Miami game. That was a game with a lot of stakes, we were playing a real good team. He came in real early in the game and we were under a lot of duress. The way that their defense was playing, the way they were coming after us and he didn’t play at all like a rookie in that game. I remember getting home that night…and as I was going to bed it kind of hit me that ‘he definitely didn’t play like a third-stringer today and we’ll see how it goes this week’,” Kyle Shanahan stated.

The 49ers will need Purdy to keep playing at his best if they want to advance to another NFC Championship game this season.

Click here to watch Kyle Shanahan’s full Friday presser

49ers Game Status Report:

OUT:

QB Jimmy Garoppolo (foot)

CB Ambry Thomas (foot)

Newsletter

San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers runs the ball after a catch for a first down in overti...

Amiliano Fragoso

John Lynch mum on Brandon Aiyuk saga, downplays looming trade rumor

The 49ers and Brandon Aiyuk are at a crossroads entering the draft, with John Lynch not giving much on how talks are going.

18 hours ago

A general exterior view of Ford Field, home of the NFL Detroit Lions, with a sign displayed to anno...

Joseph Jarosz

How to watch the 2024 NFL Draft

The last big moment of the offseason, the 2024 NFL Draft, is upon us, kicking off on Thursday, April 25, from Detroit.

22 hours ago

Offensive lineman Jordan Morgan #77 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second half of the NCAAF gam...

Amiliano Fragoso

49ers 2024 Mock Draft: Will SF make OL a priority?

The 49ers are only a few days away from the 2024 NFL Draft. Here's how it could shake out in Detroit for the Red & Gold.

23 hours ago

Deebo Samuel #19, Brandon Aiyuk #11 and Jauan Jennings #15 of the San Francisco 49ers in the locker...

Amiliano Fragoso

Brandon Aiyuk sparks trade rumors after not reporting to 49ers offseason program

The Brandon Aiyuk saga has had its' ups and downs this offseason. Now less than a week out from the draft, no end date is in sight.

4 days ago

Caleb Williams #13 of the USC Trojans drops back and looks to throw a pass during the first half of...

Amiliano Fragoso

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Who’s the first non-quarterback drafted?

The 2024 NFL Draft is about a week away, so naturally, it's time to mock it out! Here's our 2024 Mock Draft for the entire first round.

5 days ago

Trent Taylor #81 of the San Francisco 49ers reacts after a first down against the Denver Broncos du...

Amiliano Fragoso

Reunion: 49ers sign WR/PR Trent Taylor to one-year deal

The 49ers have signed WR/PR Trent Taylor to a one-year deal Tuesday, bringing him back to The Bay after three years apart.

7 days ago

Kyle Shanahan says QB Jimmy Garoppolo has ‘outside chance’ to return next week