Jimmy Garoppolo injury: 49ers' Kyle Shanahan would be 'very surprised' if QB is available for NFC Championship

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Could Jimmy Garoppolo be readily available for the NFC Championship? San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan states it’s not likely. 

The 49ers head coach stated Monday that he would “be very surprised if [Garoppolo] was out there this week.” The remarks came 2 days after Shanahan stated (through ESPN) that the sidelined quarterback had an “outside chance” of being all set for the championship game while including “there’d be a better chance” for him to be all set for the Super Bowl if San Francisco makes the huge video game.

Regardless of when Garoppolo go back to the field (if he does at all), the 49ers are set to stick to seventh-round novice Brock Purdy as the beginning quarterback, Fox Sports reported prior to the group’s wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 14. The 49ers handle the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

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Garoppolo suffered a damaged foot versus the Miami Dolphins in December and was at first eliminated for the season. Days later on, Shanahan stated there was a “way outside chance” he might return for the playoffs. With initial starter Trey Lance out for the year with a damaged ankle that needed surgical treatment, the group put their faith in Purdy, the third-string quarterback, and he hasn’t let them down one bit. 

Purdy was the last gamer selected in the 2022 NFL Draft, however Mr. Irrelevant quickly ended up being really pertinent as he flourished as their starter and assisted lead the Niners to the No. 2 seed. His very first start came versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he went on to end up being the very first quarterback to beat Tom Brady in their first-ever start.

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Since then, Purdy has actually won every video game with the group, going a remarkable 8-0 that consists of a 41-23 wild-card win over the Seattle Seahawks and a 19-12 divisional round win versus the Dallas Cowboys. Purdy had a 67.1 conclusion portion with 1,374 backyards, 13 goals, 4 interceptions and a 107.3 quarterback ranking in the routine season. He has actually finished 62.7 percent of his passes for 546 passing backyards with 3 goals, no interceptions and a 109.9 passer ranking up until now this postseason. Through 11 video games this season, Garoppolo has a 67.2 conclusion portion with 2,437 backyards, 16 goals, 4 interceptions and a 103.0 quarterback ranking. 

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