The San Francisco 49ers’ communication breakdowns during the early part of the season appear not to be limited to the field.
When quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game against Seattle, a calf injury was the reason that was given. On Monday, head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Garoppolo had a calf contusion and the quarterback would be reevaluated in the next two days. It appeared to be positive news.
Garoppolo met with local media today and was asked if he had become more optimistic about the injury. “Yeah, definitely,” Garoppolo responded. “I think the initial reaction, you’re obviously bummed by it and everything. Yeah, just pulled the calf a little bit.”
A muscle pull is different from a contusion. When that was mentioned to Garoppolo, the quarterback doubled down. “Uh, I tweaked the muscle,” he said. “Whatever word you want to use for it. I strained it a little bit.”
Over the course of about 30 seconds, the injury went from a contusion to a pull to a strain.
The inconsistencies don’t end there. How Garoppolo suffered the injury seems to have taken a twist as well.
Following the game, Kyle Shanahan was asked when Garoppolo’s injury occurred. “He got hurt sometime in the first half. He said he got stepped on, not sure which play,” responded Shanahan.
Garoppolo would have a similar response moments later when he came to the podium, “I’m not, it felt like that. Yeah. I don’t know if that is actually what happened or not, but yeah.”
Today, Garoppolo stated that he actually hadn’t been stepped on. Instead, he had taken a knee to the calf while pushing off to make a throw.
After today’s press conference, here is what we know: Garoppolo suffered a contusion, pull, strain to his right calf on a play in which he was stepped on, or kneed. Everyone clear?
One thing we know for sure is Garoppolo was not able to practice today and will continue to work with doctors to determine his availability for Sunday.
In other injury news, George Kittle (calf), Trent Williams (shoulder), Samson Ebukam (hamstring), and K’Waun Williams (calf) were held out of practice. Meanwhile, Javon Kinlaw (knee), Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) and Josh Norman (chest) were limited participants.