Broken foot! 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is out until further notice

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is out
  • Garoppolo suffered a broken foot against the Dolphins
  • Garoppolo is the 49ers’ second injured starting quarterback after Trey Lance

Bad news in the Bay: the San Francisco 49ers will be without Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season. As head coach Kyle Shanahan announced, the quarterback broke 33-14 victory over the Dolphins left foot Sunday.

As coach Shanahan told reporters, Garoppolo broke “a few things” in his foot and, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, will need surgery. Before his early exit from the game, two of four pass attempts for 56 yards found their target.

The 31-year-old had to be taken to the dressing room for a checkup after a sacking and was subsequently declared ‘out’ after the medical department initially classified him as ‘questionable’ (ie: return to same game possible).

Rookie Brock Purdy, a seventh-round pick who performed well and gave the 49ers the win, took over for Garoppolo following his elimination. Purdy, a former Iowa State player and “Mr. Irrelevant” in 2022, completed 25 of 37 passes (for 210 yards), had two touchdowns and an interception.

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However, the devastating post-Sunday update marks the brutal end to an impressive campaign for Garoppolo, who unexpectedly returned to the starting XI after starting quarterback Trey Lance ended the season after sustaining a serious ankle injury in Week 2. With Lance and Garoppolo out, Purdy and Practice Squad QB Jacob Eason are the only options at center in the 49ers’ (8-4) playoff push.

While the diagnosis presents a difficult short-term roadblock for the team, the injury also marks the beginning of a longer road back for NFL veteran Garopopolo, who has struggled with injuries throughout his career. Garoppolo was already suffering from a shoulder injury in the offseason. At that moment he also expressed the desire for a change, which the team did not indulge.

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A circumstance that should apply to Garoppolo. He started nine of his ten appearances this season and delivered some of the best performances of his career until his departure in Week 13. Prior to his injury, Garoppolo had a career-high 67.4% completion rate (205/ 304) for 2,381 yards, 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 103.0 passer rating (as a full-time starter).

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