Ahead of Saturday night’s divisional-round game against the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with thumb and shoulder injuries.
To this point, Garoppolo has played through a thumb injury but suffered a shoulder injury in the 49ers’ win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
So, what does this mean for his status against the Packers?
According to Nick Wagoner of ESPN, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo has a right shoulder sprain but should be able to practice on Tuesday.
We can assume that if he’s able to practice this early in the week, he should be good to play on Saturday night. But maybe not.
Jason McIntyre of FOX Sports isn’t so confident Garoppolo will start against the Packers.
Speaking on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’ on Tuesday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that Garoppolo “is playing through some things”.
“It’s at least something to watch going into this game,” Rapoport said. “How effective can he be with a torn thumb and an injured throwing shoulder?”
For now, at least, it doesn’t seem that Garoppolo will be unable to play, but he’s unlikely to be at 100 percent. That could be significant ahead of this Saturday’s game in what will be very cold conditions at Lambeau Field. Not easy to play in.
The 49ers will be hoping star defensive players Fred Warner and Nick Bosa are available. Warner exited their wild-card win with an ankle injury, while Bosa suffered a concussion.
The injury status of Garoppolo, Warner, and Bosa are all important ahead of this week’s game.
Both teams will release their first injury report of the week today, a day earlier than usual as the game is on Saturday night. We’ll get a clearer idea of who might be available with the first injury report of the week.