Jimmy Garoppolo

The San Francisco 49ers suffered a major loss last weekend when quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was carted off the field with what was said to be a broken foot that would end his season.

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.

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.

[Adam Schefter]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.