Could Jimmy Garoppolo be available for the NFC Championship? San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan says it’s highly unlikely.
The 49ers head coach said Wednesday that he “doesn’t expect to have him [Garoppolo] this weekend” after X-rays of his former starting quarterback. Shanahan also said he doesn’t expect Garoppolo to practice this week. The comments came two days after Shanahan said Monday that “I would be very surprised if [Garoppolo] he was available this week,” adding that “there would be a better chance” he’ll be Super Bowl ready if San Francisco makes it to the big game.
Regardless of when (if at all) Garoppolo returns to the field, the 49ers are poised to keep seventh-round rookie Brock Purdy as the starting quarterback.reported ahead of the team’s wild card victory over the Seattle Seahawks on January 14. The 49ers face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday at 3 pm ET.
Garoppolo suffered a broken foot against the Miami Dolphins in December. Days later, Shanahan said he could return for the playoffs. With original starter Trey Lance out for the year with a broken ankle that required surgery, the team put its faith in Purdy, the third quarterback, and he hasn’t let them down one bit.
Purdy was the last player taken in the 2022 NFL Draft, but Mr. Irrelevant soon became very relevant as he thrived as their starter and helped lead the Niners to the No. 2 seed. His first start came against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and he became the first quarterback to defeat Tom Brady in his first start.
Since then, Purdy has won every game with the team, going an impressive 8-0 record that includes a 41-23 wild-card round win over the Seattle Seahawks and a 19-12 divisional round win against the Dallas. cowboys. Purdy had a 67.1 completion percentage with 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns, four interceptions, and a 107.3 quarterback rating in the regular season. He has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 546 passing yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a 109.9 passer rating so far in the postseason. In 11 games this season, Garoppolo has a 67.2 completion percentage with 2,437 yards, 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 103.0 quarterback rating.