Injuries to Jimmy Garoppolo and Trent Williams not as bad as feared

San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The 49ers feared the worst when left tackle Trent Williams went down in the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. On Monday the team received good news on Williams’ injury, it was not as bad as first expected and a key part of their offensive line is currently listed as day-to-day.

Williams wasn’t the only 49ers player to receive positive injury news on Monday. The calf injury sustained by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was not as severe as first expected, an MRI showed that the Achilles was not injured and it was only a calf contusion and he will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.

When asked if this meant Garoppolo would have a chance to play Sunday, or if he was expecting him to be out against the Cardinals, Shanahan responded “it does mean he has a chance. It wasn’t as bad as we thought it might’ve been. Seeing him today, he’s in a lot of pain. He’s still sore. Hopefully by the time he comes in Wednesday, if it’s getting better, then he’ll have a good chance. Looking at it as a bruise. If it hasn’t improved at all by Wednesday, it’ll probably be a little bit longer.”

The Garoppolo situation will be an interesting one to follow. Could this be a little bit of gamesmanship on the part of Shanahan to force Arizona into preparing to face both Garoppolo and Lance? Shanahan was asked last week about the two-quarterback system that he’d mentioned during training camp, “I pretty much keep it pretty real to everyone, but I don’t just tell everyone the answer. I have no problem with you guys overdoing that and Detroit working on that extremely hard,” he said.

If Garoppolo is unable to play this week the 49ers will turn to rookie quarterback Trey Lance. The third pick in the 2021 draft played the entire second half on Sunday, finishing 9-18, 152 yards, and two touchdowns. Shanahan was asked how he would like to see Trey Lance approach this week, “Every week you want to tell him to approach it like you’re the starting quarterback. But this is the first week going into it that he’s legitimately got up a chance to on the first play. So, he’s got to approach it that way, learn from the stuff that he did last night, and come in ready to go on Wednesday,” said Shanahan.

In other injury news, kicker Robbie Gould is expected to miss 3-5 weeks after suffering a strained groin during pregame warmups. Shanahan expects Gould to be out for a while and the front office has already begun creating a list of kickers to have in for a try-out this week.

Other players listed on the injury report included tight end George Kittle and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw who are both day to day with calf injuries and defensive end Samson Ebukam who is dealing with hamstring soreness.

This article has 24 Comments

  1. This quote has stood with me from the first time I heard it – “But they are who we thought they were.”

    We all knew Jimmy G was injury prone so why the f@k he is starting for the 49ers?

    Not one person questions you, when you say Jimmy G is injury prone – not one – not even Jimmy’s family.

    Wiki update -JimmyG an injury prone Starting NFL QB who should be a Backup QB in the NFL.

    1. He’s not injury prone, its a collision sport, dudes get banged up and sometimes they can’t play if the bang impacts their ability to be productive. If he had a bruise on his left forearm, no matter how bad it felt, he’d play because it doesn’t diminish his production to the team.

      He could probably have gone out and finished the 2nd half, but he’d have been too limited.

      You obviously have NEVER played so have no idea what injury prone means.

  2. At the end of the day – I just want another option from doing nothing when a play breaks down – enough of waiting to give Kshan credit after game – lets give credit to a 49er QB while watching the game.

    This is freaking frustrating – How the fck are we 2-2 ?

    How can Rodger and Wilson play better than you (Jimmy) in your house – where is the fight? –

    There is a default motivation to keep your job or at least show the league you deserve to be starting – you have homefield and the better team – what else do you need ?

    GB drafts Love – AR plays his way to MVP…….SF drafts Trey – JG plays his way to the bench

    Yup – he is who we thought he was.

  3. Wow.

    Anyway, the team as a whole has a lot of key position players who need a swift kick in the pants.

    Let’s start with Mike McGlinchey, ehm.. McBusty if you follow Grant Cohn.

    If you watched the ineffectiveness of both Jimmy and Trey, you astutely picked up that Mike McGlinchey is a complete utter failure at right tackle.

    Go back and watch him get manhandled, bullrushed, out-finessed, tricked…. I’m out of verbs but anyway it was an embarrassing performance.

    If we’re talking about any so-called useless players on the team, why not start with this guy?

    Holy he**, he was holding on virtually every pass play and I think the referee gave him a pass time and time again because it was like watching Alabama manhandle Bowling Green, at home in Tuscaloosa.

    If Solly Thomas was a bad draft pick, McGlinchey has to be at least in the same plane. Even more so when you know that first round o-line draft picks tend to be a safe bet.

    I’m not so concerned with a 2-2 record as some of you are, but the lack of quality investment in the o-line and defensive backfield has been a big miss. We could have had Asante Samuel Jr. for crying out loud and instead we traded down and picked up another Notre Dame lineman who can’t play.

    I hope they’re not having McBusty and Banks room together on road trips. That’s a whole lot of useless, unmotivated steaming pile of $h!t that doesn’t need to become pervasive throughout the team.

    That said, next season is the year. We’re going to start climbing with Trey in the backfield. What we do on the o-line is going to have a tremendous impact on his success rate.

    Lynch and Shanny better figure this one out. With all the Jimmy and Trey talk I still can’t believe no one is talking about this turd at right tackle. 😃

  4. Glad the injuries aren’t as bad as we first thought. We’ve already had more than our fair share of injuries. Hopefully both Williams and Jimmy play this week.

  5. Strange how Jack’s post game article from yesterday disappeared from the site. We are very likely going to be 2-3 going into bye. I hope they start Lance next Sun. Giving him some much needed work and JG 2 full weeks to get healthy. If the team gets to 8 losses they should start Lance the rest of the season. I still believe that the 3 biggest moves the team needs to make this off season is either get rid of Lynch or give him full control over the draft if KS has been the one picking the first 3 rounds. Second fire the entire strength and conditioning staff as well as the training staff and lastly hire a president of football operations, much like the role J. McVay filled. If they do get to 8 losses every draft pick from this last year should be playing. I know it seems like i’m throwing in the towel but once Verrett, Greenlaw and the entire RB room went down I knew it was as good as over. imho

    1. Adding another layer of management is almost never a good idea. As for the trading dept. they already changed them over once and it didn’t change anything. I suspect if they did it again, they would have the same results. I don’t understand the concern for the roster. When they took over in 2017 they had arguably the worst roster in the NFL and three years latter they went to the Super Bowl. No one is perfect on draft day but who has done a better job? Not many If any.

  6. This might be the year to see of Lance can hack it.
    No Jimmy, no Kittle, no RB, no D, no OL. Let’s ride this pony!
    When was the last time we had a rookie who could scramble?
    Kaepernick completed eleven of seventeen passes for 117 yards and added 66 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown as the 49ers and the Rams ended the game in a 24–24 tie in his first game……
    The Good: Throughout the history of the NFL, among all 186 quarterbacks to record at least 1,500 attempts throughout their careers, Colin Kaepernick ranks fifth-best in passing touchdown to interception ratio (72:30.)
    The Bad: Trey Lance has no touch. Yet

      1. It wouldn’t be a fair comparison, at this point Dee., but yah, I’d like to see that comparison.

        Remember, Kaepernick never took meaningful snaps during his rookie season, and when Kaepernick was named starter, it was at the beginning of a week, so he benefitted with a full week’s worth preparation and game planning. Plus, Kaepernick had a quarterback for a head coach, while Kyle hit a pizza oven once so I guess he thinks he’s a QB now, SMH.

        And yah, you’re right about the touch, but the thing is, I’ve seen him throw with beautiful touch, when he’s not trying to throw his fastball. But when he gets into a game situation, he wants to throw everything at 150 MPH, because he’s a little slow at processing what he sees, so when he does decide to let it rip, he’s throwing the ball as hard as he can, in order to hit the receiver what he perceives as “on time”, before the DB jumps on the route and the window closes up on him. It’s really ridiculous, I don’t understand why they haven’t made this the number one point of emphasis in working with this kid. He does seem to slow it down a bit as the game progresses, but I’d love to know what Scangarello is doing to work on this with him, because frankly, it doesn’t seem like they are making a point of getting this sorted out, and that’s a problem, IMO!

        It doesn’t look to me like Rich Scangarello has a clue, to be honest! I have never been impressed with this guy, and that’s ultimately on Kyle, right? They haven’t even fixed some of Garoppolo’s mechanical flaws, and Garoppolo is a seasoned veteran, for crying out loud. I’m not sure if Kyle is going to be on the hot seat anytime soon, but Rich Scangarello should have been on the hot seat starting a year ago!

        1. Kaep came in midgame against the Rams and tied 24-24….

          Kaepernick never took meaningful snaps during his rookie season

          WOW, are you advocating that it is good for a rookie to develop and sit out for a year?

  7. The Cards’ D has been susceptible to the more mobile QBs this year so this might work out in our favor if Lance gets the start. This assumes Lance will be able to move the ball through the air while avoiding turnovers… Looking forward to seeing how he performs with a full week of prep. This is a perfect opportunity for him to show Kyle he’s ready for more playing time (or not).

    The D will need to find a way to play all 4 quarters and adjust as needed. Something we have yet to see from this Ryans’ defense. That said this team plays better on the road so I would not be surprised to see the Niners upset an overconfident Cards team if they take care of the ball and avoid the lame penalties. Getting Mitchell back should help too.

  8. Hey Jack:

    Jack Hammer
    · Oct 4
    Kyle Shanahan last week, “We put in a gameplan for our starting quarterback, the backup needs to be able to do all of that if he gets hurt.”

    KS is assuming that the backup QB can run the game plan even though he is a rookie. This statement is what I would expect a HC to say if his backup is a veteran, but a rookie. Maybe there are factors I’m missing or not considering, but wouldn’t it be better to have a basic plan for the rookie that doesn’t put as much pressure on him as the gameplan which he most likely had very little practice on during the week? But I guess this assumes that the rest of the offense will feel comfortable running the basic gameplan for the rookie. I would think it would be easier for the rest of the offense than the rookie QB, but I don’t really have a feel for whether or not that is the case.

  9. The “Play Lance Now” folks must be struggling. He had a long touchdown pass that was a gift when the Seahawks lost sight of the receiver. Otherwise, Lance was mediocre at best. He is not yet ready to be a starting QB and the future (beginning this weekend) does not look happy. The Niners may be a .500 team this season. Meanwhile, who will be the backup to Lance, should he be the starter?

    The other rookie experiment, Ryans, hasn’t shown much improvement. He has failed to make changes to the defensive approach during games, to adapt to what the opponent does. The Seahawks certainly made adjustments after their terrible start, while Ryans kept on with this standard strategy. A rookie learning on the fly, Ryans needs help from more experienced defensive coordinators who could be consultants.

    1. The “play Garoppolo” folks must be struggling even more, considering Trey Lance has valid excuses, while Jimmy Garoppolo most certainly does not!

      And, the 49ers defense hasn’t been necessarily outstanding through 4 games, but they have certainly outplayed Kyle Shanahan’s offense! And in the day and age of high scoring offenses, this is absolutely inexcusable on Kyle Shanahan’s part!

    2. Rockne, at the very least, don’t we need to see Trey Lance play for 4 QTR’s after spending an entire week playing with the 1’s, and going through a proper game plan? Isn’t that the minimum you need to evaluate a rookie QB? And wouldn’t it be even better to see Kyle put together an offense that’s actually designed to take advantage of Lance’s specific skill set? Wasn’t that one of the exciting parts of the idea of pairing Kyle Shanahan with a mobile QB?

      It seems to me like a lot of you guys are not thinking this QB situation through in its entirety!

    1. So in addition to being an expert on how to run an NFL team, you are also a medical doctor. Very impressive.

  10. Jack,
    I saw you on Grant Cohns show today and wanted to tell you if KS is playing games with injury reports he is headed for a huge fine and suspension. The rules for injury reporting have to do with gambling and the NFL doesn’t play when it comes down to gambling. Please tell Grant he should know better.

  11. Jack Hammer @JackHammer_NFL
    #49ers signed K Joey Slye to replace Robbie Gould. Also added TE Jordan Matthews to the PS. Released RB Kerryon Johnson, RB Christ Thompson, LB Curtis Bolton.

    1. Slye is a good veteran kicker. Can someone explain to me why we guaranteed Gould 15M over 3 years???? He seems overrated, overpaid and injury prone.
    2. Releasing those 2 RBs tells me Mitchell is a go for Cards game and Hasty will be back after the Bye.

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