One of the largest injury impacts Sunday came from San Francisco 49ers‘ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being carted off against the Miami Dolphins. While rookie backup Brock Purdy did fine in relief and the 49ers still won 33-17, the implications of that Garoppolo injury remain significant. And they get even more notable following Sunday’s news that Garoppolo is now gone for the season with a broken foot, as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport relayed:
#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan tells reporters that QB Jimmy Garoppolo broke his foot. He’s having surgery and is out for the season.
“He’ll be out, he’ll need surgery, broke a few things in there.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 5, 2022
On the year, Garoppolo had completed 205 of 304 passing attempts (67.4 percent) for 2,381 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. And that’s remarkable, considering all the offseason discussion around how he was likely to be traded so the 49ers could move forward with Trey Lance.
However, following Lance’s Sept. 18 ankle injury, Garoppolo came in in relief and did well. And that set him and the team up for success (and lucrative success) going forward. Now, with Garoppolo going down for the season, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what’s ahead for the 49ers.
San Francisco is now 8-4 after that win over the Dolphins. But there are many questions about where they’ll go from here, and whether that means continuing with Purdy (who completed 25 of 37 passing attempts, 67.6 percent, for 210 yards and two touchdowns against one interception Sunday) or activating Lance off injured reserve. We’ll see what the 49ers do. Their next game is this coming Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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