Jimmy Garoppolo has a chance to start for the San Francisco 49ers in their season finale on Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.
The veteran quarterback went through a throwing session Tuesday, the first time he has throw a ball since December 23 in Tennessee. According to coach Kyle Shanahan, it went well enough for the veteran to be a limited participant in practice on Wednesday.
Garoppolo also felt the session went well, but noted that he’s still felling soreness in his thumb.
“It’s sore. It was a pretty good throwing session yesterday,” said Garoppolo. “Just trying to get the motion back and everything and get it feeling where I want it to feel.”
When asked what it feels like to throw a football with a torn ligament in his thumb Garoppolo used an expletive, “it f—— hurts.”
“I don’t know how else to describe it. It feels like the web in your hand is tearing. That’s probably the best way I can describe it. But it’s all good.”
Shanahan was asked when he would name his starting quarterback for Sunday. Citing a competitive advantage due to the two 49ers quarterbacks having different skillsets, Shanahan responded, “I haven’t made it now, which is the truth, and I probably will make it before the game starts. And I will not tell you guys when I do that.”
With the 49ers nearly in a win-or-go-home scenario on Sunday, how will Shanahan divvy up the practice reps for his quarterbacks?
“We’ll put Jimmy in on what he feels comfortable with doing with where he is at today and Trey will get the rest,” Shanahan said.
“I’m sure Trey will get the majority, but we’ll see how it is when he’s out there. Mainly just communicating with him through the practice, through the individuals, through everything. Today won’t be a full-speed practice, so it’s not as challenging.”
The 49ers opened the practice windows for cornerback Emmanuel Moseley, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu Sr. and safety Tavon Wilson.
Additionally, the team announced cornerback Ambry Thomas tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and has joined Jimmie Ward, K’Waun Williams, and Dontae Johnson as members of the 49ers secondary on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. All four still have a chance to test back in before Sunday.
Fellow rookie cornerback Deommodore Lenoir was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list later in the day. He is unlikely to be available on Sunday.
The 49ers secondary faces a stiff test against Los Angeles. Due to COVID protocols, three potential starters are unable to practice and will need to rely on film study and mental reps in preparation for the Rams on Sunday.