Santa Clara, Calif. ( Associated Press) – The San Francisco 49ers will be without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who suffered a left foot injury on Sunday that will sideline him for the rest of the season. This is a big blow for one of the best teams in the league.
Garoppolo was injured on the first play of a 33–17 victory over the Miami Dolphins and would require season-ending surgery.
“It’s devastating. We know what Jimmy’s going through, how hard he’s worked on this,” coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game. “It was a great game as a team. Everything happened in the match and managed to overcome these things. This is a special victory. But definitely have mixed feelings for Jimmy.”
The leading 49ers (8-4) have won five straight to establish themselves as one of the top contenders in the NFC. With starter Trey Lance missing all season with an ankle injury in Week 2, they’ll have to go the rest of the way with rookie Brock Purdy.
This is the third time since joining the 49ers in the middle of the 2017 season that Garoppolo has seen his season end due to injury.
In his two healthy years, the Niners reached the Super Bowl in 2019 and the NFC Title Game in 2021.
But his record prompted the Niners to trade three first-round picks to take Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 draft. Garoppolo kept his spot last year but was about to be traded before the season but shoulder surgery ruined it. your chances.
He returned to San Francisco at a reduced salary as a backup, but regained the starting role following an injury to Lance.
“It’s brutal,” admitted running back Christian McCaffrey. “I haven’t been here for a long time, but I can say a lot of good things about it. I’ve been in that situation, when you’re playing, you’re excited and it’s over for the year. . it pains”.
Now the Niners will look to finish the season with Purdy, who entered the league as Mr. Irrelevant as the last pick in the draft but will now have the most important role on one of the best teams in the league.