September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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49ers unsure if QB Garoppolo will be available vs. Dolphins

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert were back on the practice field Wednesday for the first time since sustaining injuries in Week 2 against the New York Jets.

Both Garoppolo (ankle) and Mostert (knee) were listed as limited participants in Wednesday’s workout.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan was noncommittal on whether Garoppolo would return for the team’s Sunday game against the Miami Dolphins.

Nick Mullens started the past two games with Garoppolo sidelined but isn’t a sure bet to start against Miami if Garoppolo can’t play. Shanahan could go with C.J. Beathard, who finished San Francisco’s 25-20 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

But Shanahan wasn’t in a revealing mood. In fact, he made it clear he wants to keep the possible starter a secret.

“I’m going to hold that just because there is a difference between them, and if Jimmy can’t go, I’d like Miami to find that out on Sunday,” Shanahan said. “But I’ve decided that. We’ll get both of them reps because both of them do have to be ready in case Jimmy doesn’t go.”

Mullens completed 18 of 26 passes for 200 yards, one touchdown, two interceptions and a lost fumble before being pulled against the Eagles. Beathard connected on 14 of 19 passes for 138 yards.

Mostert, a postseason hero last season, will have to show progress during the week. Shanahan was skeptical Monday that his top runner would play against Miami.

Jerick McKinnon, who produced 54 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries against the Eagles, will be prepared to be the main back against the Dolphins.

Receivers Dante Pettis (knee) and Trent Taylor (ankle), cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (quadriceps) also were limited practice participants.

Sitting out practice were cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and Dontae Johnson (groin) as well as safety Jimmie Ward (wrist).

Also, Shanahan confirmed that defensive end Nick Bosa and defensive tackle Solomon Thomas have both undergone their season-ending ACL surgeries.

–Field Level Media

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