However, by Tuesday, there were rumblings that Jimmy G’s injury was not as severe as first thought.
“They were talking about it last night but they’re starting to believe that it isn’t [broken], so that’s good news,” Shanahan said, per Cam Inman of The Mercury News. “But it’s not all done. They have to finalize it so we don’t want to give you any false information.”
Later on Tuesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that “Doctors concluded today that 49ers’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo does not need foot surgery, it is not a Lisfranc injury, and if rehab goes smoothly, he could have a chance to return in 7-8 weeks, making him a potential playoff contributor.”
Schefter then followed that up by noting that seven weeks from now would be the Divisional Playoff Weekend and eight weeks from now would be the NFC Championship.
Divisional Playoff Weekend is seven weeks from the day Jimmy Garoppolo was injured; conference championship game is eight weeks away from his injury, and the Super Bowl marks ten weeks. https://t.co/EPndhwtEjC
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 6, 2022
Given that the 49ers are currently 8-4 and in the driver’s seat for the NFC West crown, there is a distinct possibility they could still make the playoffs and still be alive in time for Garoppolo’s return.
While Brock Purdy is the team’s quarterback for now, and Josh Johnson has been signed as an emergency option, the NFL world had some thoughts on the news that Garoppolo’s season might not be over.
Now we're talking https://t.co/816m6ZFYo6
— Niners Nation (@NinersNation) December 6, 2022
Lots of caveats in this tweet
IF rehab goes smoothly
He COULD have a CHANCE to return
making him a POTENTIAL playoff contributor
— Rob “Stats” Guerrera (@StatsOnFire) December 6, 2022
An incredible healer https://t.co/5MNVHBKYb8
— Steve Palazzolo (@PFF_Steve) December 6, 2022
If the 49ers are still playing football by the time Jimmy Garoppolo is healthy, then he will not get his job back.
Brock Purdy is going to get pulled on the cusp of an NFC Championship game? Doubt it. https://t.co/d3xrpldRnQ
— Kevin Walsh Jr. (@TheKevinWalsh) December 6, 2022
— David Fucillo (@davidfucillo) December 6, 2022