October 24, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers stick with Jimmy Garoppolo at QB

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan erased any doubts about the identity of his starting quarterback moving forward, stating Monday that Jimmy Garoppolo would retain the role.

Backup quarterback Trey Lance is expected to return to practice this week after being sidelined due to a left knee sprain, and Garoppolo is coming off what Shanahan called “his worst game” of the year on Sunday in a 30-18 loss to the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Even so, Shanahan will go with the veteran Garoppolo and not the rookie Lance when the 49ers (2-4) visit the Chicago Bears (3-4) on Sunday.

“We didn’t go into that (Indianapolis) game thinking that Jimmy was one bad game away from losing his job or anything like that,” Shanahan said Monday. “Jimmy didn’t play as good as he could, which he knows that and I know that. I think there were some pretty hard circumstances for him — for both quarterbacks, considering some of the weather. But I definitely thought he could play better.”

While Shanahan appeared to leave the door open for a change in starters postgame Sunday night, he clarified his position the next day.

“In terms of deciding who’s going at quarterback, that has to do with Jimmy’s health,” Shanahan said Monday. “I wanted to see how his calf was, and it’s good today. So he’ll be starting, and hopefully Trey will get back into practice and have a good enough week to where he can dress, and if he ends up dressing, there’s always a good chance he’ll get some plays in there.

“Trey hasn’t practiced in two weeks, so when he does come back, he’ll probably be limited as it is. Odds are when it comes to the game plan, you’re not going to start rotating quarterbacks, because it’s not an open competition right now.”

Garoppolo, 29, has a 2-3 mark as a starter this season, lowering his career record to 26-11. He has completed 64.8 percent of his passes in 2021 for 1,106 yards with six touchdowns and four interceptions. In an eight-year career with the New England Patriots (2014-16) and San Francisco, Garoppolo has a 67.1 percent completion rate, 9,148 yards, 57 TD passes and 30 interceptions.

Lance, 21, lost the lone start of his rookie campaign, on Oct. 10 at Arizona when Garoppolo had a calf ailment. Lance has connected on 52.1 percent of his passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass during the second quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo on track to start for 49ers, Trey Lance unlikely

The San Francisco 49ers are expecting to have Jimmy Garoppolo behind center when they host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

Garoppolo was a limited practice participant on Wednesday as he recovers from a calf injury that caused him to miss the Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals prior to the team’s bye week.

“During the bye week, we made great strides,” Garoppolo said Wednesday of the calf. “It will get better every day. Right now, it feels great.”

Rookie Trey Lance served as starting quarterback against the Cardinals but sprained his left knee. He didn’t practice Wednesday and coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t sound encouraged about having his services.

“It’s the same diagnosis and we were hoping (Lance) could go this week. Doesn’t look like it,” Shanahan told reporters. “He might have a chance at the end of the week but I’d be surprised if he’s not ready to go next week.”

As for having Garoppolo on Sunday, Shanahan said, “I know he’s limited (but) we’ve got to make sure he can do everything. … I’m pretty optimistic about it.”

Nate Sudfeld will be prepared as the backup for Sunday’s game.

Garoppolo has passed for 925 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in four games this season. Lance also has seen action in four games and has passed for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 133 yards and one score.

Left tackle Trent Williams (elbow, ankle) and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee) also didn’t practice on Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan: ‘No open competition’ at QB

The San Francisco 49ers spent the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft on quarterback Trey Lance, but coach Kyle Shanahan said it’s veteran Jimmy Garoppolo atop the depth chart as training camp opens.

“There’s no open competition, where they’re getting equal reps with the same group,” Shanahan said Tuesday. “Jimmy’s coming in as the 1, Trey as the 2.”

Lance has yet to sign his rookie deal — projected to be four years for $34.1 million – but general manager John Lynch said he expects Lance to sign soon.

In addition to Lance being absent, Garoppolo is getting the nod over Lance as camp begins because of a strong showing in spring workouts and not contract status, Shanahan said.

“I’m just looking at our situation,” he said. “It’s a lot simpler than people make it out to be: Who gives you a better chance to win?”

Lance did receive some work with the first team in spring workouts open to media.

Garoppolo, 29, is 22-8 as the 49ers starter in the regular season but injuries — a torn ACL, a sprained throwing shoulder and two high ankle sprains — have limited the quarterback. Acquired from the New England Patriots on Oct. 31, 2017, for a 2018 second-round draft pick, Garoppolo started just 25 games over the past three seasons as is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

In 2019, when he started all 16 games, the 49ers were 13-3 and reached the Super Bowl, a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 31 games (30 starts) in San Francisco, Garoppolo has completed 67.5 percent (596 of 883) of his passes for 7,352 touchdowns with 46 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

Lance brings to the 49ers a resume that includes 19 college games at FCS program North Dakota State. All but three of those games were in 2019, when Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while running for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the Bison to a 28-20 win over James Madison in the FCS title game after the 2019 season.

The 49ers finished last season with a 6-10 record and open the 2021 season Sept. 12 at Detroit.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (left) shakes hands with head coach Kyle Shanahan after their win against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? 49ers set to attend second pro day of Justin Fields, Trey Lance

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman (11) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, are the San Francisco 49ers locked in on a new quarterback?

Signs point that way as multiple reports indicate the team brass of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be in attendance for the second pro day workouts of prospects Trey Lance (North Dakota State) and Justin Fields (Ohio State).

Fields has his second pro day on Wednesday and Lance is scheduled for his second showing April 19 (Monday), just 11 days before the draft.

Fields is staging another workout in part because the 49ers were in Tuscaloosa, Ala., watching the Crimson Tide draft class that could produce a record number of first-round picks later this month. That includes quarterback Mac Jones.

Interest in the 2021 quarterback class is through the roof and speculation points to the top three or four selections in the draft being spent on QBs, starting with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DraftKings lists Lawrence as a -10000 favorite to be the top pick in the draft.

Lynch was in attendance for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day right before the franchise acquired the No. 3 pick in the draft from the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins secured the 49ers’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 as well as first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They also received a third-round selection in 2022.

That 12th overall pick didn’t stay with the Dolphins for long. Miami sent it, along with the 123rd overall pick and a 2022 first-round selection, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Nos. 6 and 156 overall picks in 2021.

The Dolphins initially acquired the third overall pick as part of the trade that sent left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

While Miami has Tua Tagovailoa as its starter, the trade put the 49ers in play to land one of the top-tier QBs of the draft.

Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 pick, while the New York Jets traded their own starter, Sam Darnold, and at No. 2 would have a choice from among Wilson, Fields, Lance and Alabama’s Jones.

Drafting a quarterback third overall could create additional draft dominoes considering the 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo in the fold.

Garoppolo, 29, was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and guided the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2018, and his cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

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Nov 1, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) returns to the locker room following pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers shop, but QB Jimmy Garoppolo not concerned

Jimmy Garoppolo’s fate as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers remains a hot topic in the Bay Area.

But according to teammate Kyle Juszczyk, the 29-year-old Garoppolo isn’t listening.

“I think it would be naive to say that he doesn’t hear any of it, but the guy really doesn’t hear a lot of it,” the 49ers’ fullback told Pat McAfee during an appearance on The Pat McAfee Show. “He’s not superactive on social media. I mean, you’ll see the guy post like once a month on his Instagram, and it’s usually some sort of ad for some high-end car dealership or something. I don’t think he has a Twitter account, and if he does, he’s not very active on it.”

Garoppolo’s name is back in the news this week amid reports the 49ers reached out to the Carolina Panthers to gauge the team’s interest in trading current starter Teddy Bridgewater. The Panthers signed Bridgewater last March, but have been active in talks to upgrade at QB, according to multiple reports.

The Panthers were in the bidding for Matthew Stafford of the Lions and are prepared to offer a king’s ransom to the Houston Texans for Deshaun Watson.

Garoppolo was acquired by the 49ers in a trade with the New England Patriots to become the franchise quarterback.

He led the team to a 13-3 record, NFC Championship and Super Bowl appearance in 2019. Injuries have been the story in almost every other season.

The 49ers have a 24-9 record in games Garoppolo has played since the trade with the Patriots, but he’s missed 23 games. He signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2019. His cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

General manager John Lynch said the 49ers are looking for help at quarterback, but implied they are in the backup QB market.

“When he’s healthy, he’s played at a high level,” Lynch said. “But we probably have to add someone. We probably need to improve ourselves, so if he’s not there, we’re all right; we can win games.

“We are seriously looking forward to kind of rebooting our team and making a run at this thing next year. And I believe we’ve got what it takes to compete for a championship.”

–Field Level Media

Jun 11, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Wilton Speight (5) , Nick Mullens (4) and C.J. Beathard (3) watch Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throw the football during minicamp at the SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers QB Mullens needs elbow surgery

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens likely needs surgery for a right elbow injury sustained near the end of Sunday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys, NBC Sports reported Tuesday.

Mullens has started the last six games with Jimmy Garoppolo on injured reserve with a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 8.

The 49ers opened the 21-day IR practice window for Garoppolo on Tuesday, but C.J. Beathard is likely to be the starter Sunday when the 49ers (5-9) face the Arizona Cardinals (8-6) in Glendale, Ariz.

In other news from the San Francisco quarterback room Tuesday, the team placed quarterback Josh Johnson and wide receiver Kevin White on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Mullens, 25, has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,437 yards with 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) this season.

Garoppolo, 29, has completed 67.1 percent of his throws for 1,096 yards with seven scores and five picks in six starts.

Beathard, 27, hopped off the bench late in the fourth quarter Sunday and completed 5 of 7 passes for 100 yards, including a game-ending 49-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne.

Johnson, 34, has not appeared in an NFL game since 2018. The 49ers signed him to the practice squad on Nov. 11.

White, 28, has played nine snaps on offense and 22 snaps on special teams in three games this season. He has no catches and one kickoff return for 20 yards.

San Francisco has lost three straight and six of its last seven games. The defending NFC champions were officially eliminated from the playoff picture with the 41-33 loss to the Cowboys.

–Field Level Media

October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Garoppolo ready to start vs. Rams

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who has played just one half of football the past three weeks due to a right ankle injury, declared himself ready to start Sunday night against the visiting Los Angeles Rams.

After missing two games, Garoppolo returned last week to face the Miami Dolphins, but he struggled and was pulled at halftime with the team down 30-7.

Garoppolo has worked through all three practices this week for the 49ers (2-3).

“As far as the ankle, it’s feeling great this week, it really is,” Garoppolo said Friday. “Made a lot of improvements, just that couple extra days I think consistently get (the ankle) better. So, just one of those things you have just got to keep working at it.”

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan also gave Garoppolo a thumbs-up for being fully ready to oppose the Rams. The team’s regular quarterback will be back under center after being replaced by C.J. Beathard during the Dolphins game.

Garoppolo completed 7 of 17 passes for 77 yards and was picked off twice by Miami. Beathard went 9 of 18 for 94 yards and a touchdown to close out San Francisco’s 43-17 loss.

“I’m not thinking about the ankle and I don’t think (Garoppolo) is going into the game,” Shanahan said. “I think you try to get to a point where you’re healthy enough to play, which a lot of guys are at but a lot of guys have injuries they’ve got to play through. …

“I think Jimmy’s in a better spot this week than he was last week, so I don’t think about the ankle in that case. I expect him to go out and play well and that’s how I’ll judge him.”

On the season, Garoppolo is 40 of 66 for 467 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. He is 1-2 as a starter this year after guiding San Francisco to a 13-3 mark and a Super Bowl berth last season.

–Field Level Media

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

Shanahan: ‘Looking like’ Garoppolo will return Sunday

Jimmy Garoppolo could be back in the starting lineup on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers face the Miami Dolphins.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday in a radio interview it is “looking like” Garoppolo is ready to play this week.

“(But) if he comes in today and he’s sore or has any setbacks with our practice today, we’re going to have to wait another week,” Shanahan said.

The 49ers are 2-2 this season, and blocking issues have been a concern for the offense.

Garoppolo has missed the past two games with a right ankle sprain. He was injured in the first half of the 49ers’ Sept. 20 win over the New York Jets and hasn’t played since.

Nick Mullens started the past two games, but C.J. Beathard could climb to No. 2 on the depth chart. He relieved Mullens in the fourth quarter on Sunday and rallied the team against the Philadelphia Eagles, but San Francisco suffered a 25-20 loss.

In six total quarters of playing time in 2020, Garoppolo has completed 33 of 49 passes for 390 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

–Field Level Media

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

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

Dec 8, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Shanahan expects QB Mullens to start for 49ers

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Nick Mullens likely will be the 49ers’ starter Sunday against the New York Giants.

Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a high right ankle sprain suffered in last weekend’s 31-13 victory over the New York Jets.

“I’ll be surprised if Jimmy gets back later in the week,” Shanahan said Wednesday, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “Nick is ready to go. He got a lot of playing time with us in 2018, and that prepared him for moments like this.”

Mullens, 25, completed 8 of 11 passes for 71 yards with one interception in relief against the Jets. In 2018, he was 3-5 as a starter and completed 64.2 percent of his throws for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 picks.

Shanahan also said running back Tevin Coleman is headed to injured reserve with a knee sprain that is expected to keep him out of the lineup for at least four weeks.

Coleman, 27, has rushed 18 times for 30 yards and has three catches for 34 yards this season. The former Atlanta Falcon gained 724 yards from scrimmage and scored seven TDs in his first season with the 49ers in 2019.

Garoppolo, Coleman, running back Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) and defensive end Dee Ford (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is out for the season with a torn ACL that he sustained Sunday.

Some good news for San Francisco was the limited participation of All-Pro tight end George Kittle in Wednesday’s practice. Kittle missed the win against the Jets with a sprained left knee.

–Field Level Media