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Report: Jimmy Garoppolo ruled out for Week 7 against Chicago Bears

Oct 19, 2023, 12:26 PM | Updated: 2:25 pm

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the Las Vegas Raiders attempts a pass during the first quarter against the N...

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After days of speculation, it’s official, Jimmy Garoppolo will miss Week 7’s trip to Chicago.

Reports surfaced Thursday that the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback has been ruled out for Week 7 due to a back injury. The news comes after Garoppolo suffered the injury in Week 6 versus the New England Patriots, leaving the game in the second quarter. He was taken to a local hospital out of precautionary measures.

While tests confirmed that he did suffer a significant injury to his back, the worry of internal damage has been removed, a major bullet missed for both the player and the organization.

“There was some concern yesterday that there was an internal issue. We did a bunch of scans yesterday and last night. Seems like we’ve dodged a big bullet in that regard, so that’s good news,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “We’re still doing a couple things this morning and we’ll kind of make sure we do all the right things here as we go forward. But the prognosis is a lot better than it might have otherwise been. Don’t know yet for this week, relatively speaking. So, there’s a lot still to, I’d say, uncover in that regard. But good news relative to what it might have been.”

Well, now we do know, as Jimmy G will be inactive for Week 7.

Local news outlets reported the news Thursday, with national media picking it up thereafter.

Jimmy Garoppolo, 32, is in the first year of a three-year deal with the Raiders, going 3-2 in the first five weeks of the season. He has amassed 1,079 passing yards, seven passing touchdowns and eight interceptions.

With Garoppolo inactive, Las Vegas will turn to either rookie QB Aidan O’Connell or veteran QB Brian Hoyer. Both have been spotty when called upon this season, now tasked with having enough familiarity with the first team to string together a competent offense Sunday in Illinois.

“The fact that we’ve played three guys already certainly doesn’t hurt. It’s not ideal in terms of what you want to do,” McDaniels said of Hoyer and O’Connell. “But they both got game experience, they both have had to operate our offense in critical situations in close games. So, that’s helpful for them too.”

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