Jimmy Garoppolo is facing another injury as the 49ers continue their pursuit of the Super Bowl title.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that Garoppolo suffered a “mild” sprain in his right (throw) shoulder during the second half of the 49ers’ 23-17 win over the Cowboys in the round. NFC wild card.
Shanahan says the team hopes Garoppolo will be ready not only for the team’s squad round competition with the Packers on Saturday, but also for practice on Tuesday.
Shanahan said: “He had to go through some matches and pain, but in the end he recovered.
Garoppolo has had to play after an injury this season. He tore a ligament in his right thumb in Week 16 against the Titans, which caused him to miss the team’s Week 17 game against Texas. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Garoppolo will need off-season surgery to repair the tear.
Garoppolo played well enough for San Francisco to get the win on Sunday, but he struggled more in the second half. He completed just five of 11 39-yard passes in the third and fourth quarters, and delivered an intercept that put the Cowboys back in the game. Overall, he connected with 16 of 25 tries for 172 yards without touchdown and interception.
The signal caller’s injury was among the 49ers’ injuries against the Cowboys. Full-back Nick Bosa was involved in concussion protocol and midfielder Fred Warner sprained his right ankle, Shanahan said. The whole team hopes that both will be able to play against Green Bay.
The last time the 49ers played with the Packers, Green Bay won 30-28 in Week 3. Garoppolo threw 257 yards with two touches and one interception. But San Francisco has, in recent years, been a roadblock for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Since Rodgers became a starter in Green Bay, the Packers are losing 0-3 to the 49ers in the playoffs; most recently, they lost 37-20 in the NFC 2020 championship match.