SANTA CLARA, CA – In a season full of seemingly non-stop devastating injury news, the San Francisco 49 may have achieved their two biggest hits, sources told ESPN’s Adam Shifter Monday that Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo And narrow end George Keitel Expected to waste a long time.
For Garoppolo, the worsening of his sprained right ankle that occurred in his Sunday loss to the Seattle Seahawks is expected to put him away for at least six weeks and possibly longer if the ankle requires surgery, a source told Shifter.
Despite initial optimism that Kittel didn’t have any fractures in his foot, more tests have revealed a broken bone that will cost him about eight weeks, a source said. With eight matches left, Kettle’s season could be over.
Both Garoppolo and Kitel left Sunday’s game in the fourth quarter. Garoppolo appeared to have straightened his ankle earlier in the match and play through it but was removed at 14:02 to go into the game. He made it to the locker room after going 11 of 16 for 84 yards with an intercept for a passer-by rating of 55.2.
Nick Mullins She replaced Garoppolo and went 18 of 25 for 238 yards with two touchdowns for a lane rating of 128.4. With Garoppolo absent for a long time, the Mullens would return to the starting role, a job he held when Garoppolo missed two matches due to a sprained ankle earlier in the season. CJ Beatard It would be a backup for Mullins.
Mullins said Sunday that he would be ready to step in for Garoppolo in the long run if needed.
“Anytime you get out of there and back from my last beginnings, it sure will create confidence,” Mullins said. “The most important thing I learned through all of this is that the NFL is tough. It’s all about what you’re going to do next. That’s why I tell myself so much every day,” It’s all about what you’re going to do next. “Regardless of whether it’s good or not. Bad, it’s all about what you do next. “
Keitel’s foot injury occurred less than two minutes after leaving Garoppolo when he jumped to pull a 25-yard pass from Mullins. Kittle made a catch but fell awkwardly and limped to the sideline soon after before heading to the locker room for further evaluation.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said after the match that initial x-rays on Keitel did not show breaks, but more tests were needed to confirm this on Monday. Keitel, who signed a five-year contract worth $ 75 million during training camp, has already missed two games this season due to an MCL sprain in his left knee.
Ross Doyle Substituted Kittle against the Seahawks and caught a touchdown from the Mullens, though the Niners could get Jordan Reed’s narrow end back from a twisted knee soon in an effort to help replace Kittle.
“I hope it’s Jordan Reed this week, but I’m not sure now,” Shanahan said Sunday.
Kittle and Garoppolo are just the latest additions to the Niners’ extended injury roster that includes other notable players such as Defensive Finale Nick Bossa (ACL ripped), running back Raheem Mostert (Sprained ankle), the receiver Depo Samuel (Hamstrings tense), back corner Richard Sherman (Calf), among many other things.
Even before Keitel and Garoppolo likely landed in the injured reserve, 49 players already had the highest cap value for injured reserve players this season at $ 54.2 million. In eight matches this season, the Niners have had three different passers, four different racers, and four different receivers.
All this attrition took its toll in the Niners locker room.
“Still hurts” cannons Kyle Guzczyk He said. “Even though this happens over and over again, the players drop every match, it still hurts every time.
Team 49 (4-4) won’t have much time to talk about their recent injuries. They are scheduled to host the Green Bay Packers (5-2) on Thursday evening.