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

Kyle Shanahan on sticking with Jimmy Garoppolo: ‘I would guess so’

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan threw tepid support behind embattled starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo after the 49ers’ fourth straight loss Sunday night.

In the aftermath of a 30-18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in a downpour in Santa Clara, Calif., Shanahan was asked if Garoppolo would be the team’s starter in Week 8.

“I would guess so,” Shanahan said. “I’ll watch this tape and see if guys are healthy, first of all.”

The Niners dropped to 2-4 and play at Chicago this Sunday.

“I’m not just thinking about the quarterback situation right now,” Shanahan said. “I’ll evaluate everything, see where our team’s at, see who gives us the best chance to beat Chicago and see what our options are. … But we’ve got a lot of things to figure out.”

Rookie backup quarterback Trey Lance was inactive for the contest against the Colts after spraining his left knee in the Niners’ loss at Arizona on Oct. 10.

Garoppolo, 29, played despite still battling through a strained right calf he sustained on Oct. 3.

“It held up,” Garoppolo said. “Definitely felt it at times. But it sort of is what it is.”

Garoppolo finished 16-for-27 passing with a touchdown, two interceptions and a fumble.

–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

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo to start; Trey Lance (knee) out

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is off the injury report and on track to start for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night against the visiting Indianapolis Colts.

Prior to the 49ers’ bye week, Garoppolo missed the Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a calf injury.

Rookie first-rounder Trey Lance made his first NFL start in the 17-10 setback to the Cardinals and sprained his left knee.

Lance has been ruled out for Sunday and Nate Sudfeld will be the backup when the 49ers (2-3) face the Colts (2-4).

San Francisco also ruled out defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw (knee). Left tackle Trent Williams (ankle, elbow) is listed as doubtful and linebacker Marcell Harris (thumb) is questionable.

Garoppolo, 29, has passed for 925 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in four games this season.

Lance, 21, also has played in four games and has passed for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 133 yards and one score.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance to start for 49ers with Jimmy Garoppolo ruled out

Rookie quarterback Trey Lance will make his first career start Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers visit the Arizona Cardinals after Jimmy Garoppolo was unable to practice Friday for the third straight day.

Garoppolo suffered a calf injury and did not play the second half of last Sunday’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Lance, the No. 3 overall draft pick in April, took over for Garoppolo to start the second half and completed 9 of 18 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns.

On Thursday, coach Kyle Shanahan said on KNBR Radio that if Garoppolo “looks good” in practice Friday, “then he’ll have a shot. If he can’t, then we’ll shut him down.”

General manager John Lynch doubled down on that assessment Friday morning, saying on the same radio station that, “I think today is critical. If (Garoppolo doesn’t practice) today, then we go with Trey.”

Garoppolo was ruled out on the Niners’ official injury report Friday afternoon, but it was unclear if any more would need to be done, such as a move to injured reserve.

Star tight end George Kittle, who’s also dealing with a calf injury, was listed as doubtful. Defensive linemen Javon Kinlaw (knee) and Samson Ebukam (hamstring) are questionable.

Cornerback K’Waun Williams (calf) was already ruled out by Shanahan.

Lance’s opponent for his first career start, Arizona, is the only 4-0 team in the NFL.

He’ll become the final quarterback of the five drafted in the first round last spring to make his first start — joining Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville), Zach Wilson (New York Jets), Justin Fields (Chicago) and Mac Jones (New England).

–Field Level Media

October 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) still has chance to play Sunday

Injured San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo missed another practice Thursday but has not yet been ruled out for the 49ers’ Sunday road game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that Garoppolo “wants to give it a go” Friday on his strained right calf.

“We’ll see him out on the practice field (Friday),” Shanahan said on KNBR Radio. “If he looks good, then he’ll have a shot. If he can’t, then we’ll shut him down.”

Rookie Trey Lance is poised to make his first NFL start for San Francisco (2-2) against the Cardinals (4-0) if Garoppolo is unable to go.

“If he feels good enough to where he can protect himself, he feels confident to step into all his throws, Jimmy’s been here long enough, and he’s not a guy who’s just sitting here and rehabbing all week and checked out,” Shanahan said on KNBR. “He’s a guy who, besides the practice field, you would think he was starting.”

Garoppolo sustained the injury in the first half of San Francisco’s 28-21 loss to Seattle last Sunday. Garoppolo completed 14 of 23 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the first half. The score was knotted 7-7 at halftime.

Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft, took over at quarterback to start the second half.

Offensive tackle Trent Williams (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday’s practice and is good to go Sunday. He missed Wednesday’s practice.

However, cornerback K’Waun Williams (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday, according to Shanahan.

Tight end George Kittle (calf) also missed his second consecutive practice Thursday.

–Field Level Media

October 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) misses practice

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not practice Wednesday due to a calf contusion.

“It’s better today, which is good news. Not enough to let him go, not enough to rule him out,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “Doctors say to give him another day, so he has a chance.”

Also missing practice for the 49ers on Wednesday were tight end George Kittle, offensive lineman Trent Williams, defensive end Samson Ebukam and cornerback K’Waun Williams.

Garoppolo suffered the injury in the first half of San Francisco’s 28-21 loss to Seattle last Sunday.

Rookie Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in last April’s draft, took over at quarterback to start the second half. Lance had been used sparingly in special packages during the first three weeks of the season while Garoppolo remained the 49ers’ No. 1 quarterback.

Garoppolo completed 14 of 23 passes for 165 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the first half. The score was knotted 7-7 at halftime.

Lance finished 9-of-18 passing for 157 yards and two touchdowns with 41 rushing yards, but could not overcome Seattle’s lead.

Also, Niners kicker Robbie Gould will miss several weeks with a groin injury he suffered during pregame warmups against Seattle. The team will be trying out kickers this week.

The 49ers (2-2) travel to Arizona (4-0) for an NFC West clash this Sunday.

–Field Level Media

October 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes the football against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) departs, Trey Lance takes over

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a calf injury during Sunday’s 28-21 loss to the visiting Seattle Seahawks and sat out the second half.

Rookie Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in last April’s draft, took over at quarterback to start the second half. Lance had been used sparingly in special packages during the first three weeks of the season while Garoppolo remained the 49ers’ No. 1 quarterback.

Garoppolo went 14-for-23 for 165 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the first half. The score was knotted 7-7 at halftime.

Lance finished 9-for-18 for 157 passing yards, two touchdowns and 41 rushing yards, but could not surmount Seattle’s lead.

Left tackle Trent Williams also left the game with cramps.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan stands on the field before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan: No QB battle for 49ers, not a weekly decision

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan reiterated once more on Wednesday that Jimmy Garoppolo is their starting quarterback and rookie Trey Lance isn’t challenging him for more playing time.

The 49ers (2-1) have used Lance on a handful of plays in certain packages and scenarios so far this season. The rookie threw for a touchdown in Week 1’s win over the Detroit Lions and powered in for a 1-yard rushing touchdown in Week 3’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.

A reporter asked Shanahan if the Niners aren’t using Lance earlier and more often because it might prevent Garoppolo from developing a rhythm early.

“There’s not a quarterback battle right now,” Shanahan said. “We’re going with our starting quarterback, who I think is playing very well. I’m happy that he is, so that Trey is not thrown into any situations he has to do too early.

“If he ever is thrown into that, then I know Trey will deal with that and he’ll get better as it goes. But we have the luxury where we don’t have to do that yet, to Trey or to our team.”

For his part, Garoppolo has completed 67.4 percent of his passes for 760 yards, four touchdowns and one interception through three games. Were it not for Aaron Rodgers’ last-minute heroics on Sunday night, the 49ers might be 3-0. After a slow start, Garoppolo led three second-half touchdown drives to take the lead late.

San Francisco hosts the Seattle Seahawks (1-2) on Sunday in what will be each team’s first NFC West game of the season.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan has ‘good idea’ of starting QB but won’t spill

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t see a reason to name a Week 1 starting quarterback yet — other than to get reporters to stop asking him.

Asked Wednesday about the status of the competition between Jimmy Garoppolo and first-round draft pick Trey Lance, Shanahan said he had a “pretty good idea” of which quarterback he’d name to start, but wasn’t ready to share it yet.

“If there would be one reason I can think of by naming it that would help, it’d be to end those questions,” Shanahan said. “If you could give me another reason that it’s a big advantage that helps our team, affects anything that has to do with us, then I will name it. But I don’t think it does.

“And you know, why tell people? I know you guys want an answer, which is fine. I get the suspense of it, but I’m not just going to answer it to end your guys’ suspense.”

Shanahan’s remarks came hours after the Jacksonville Jaguars officially named No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence their starting quarterback and the Denver Broncos announced Teddy Bridgewater would start over Drew Lock.

It leaves the 49ers as the one of the few remaining teams without a Week 1 starter solidified — or at least publicly known.

Garoppolo was asked Wednesday if Shanahan had divulged to him which quarterback would start Week 1 against the host Detroit Lions.

“Yeah, I have a pretty good idea,” Garoppolo said. “It’s whatever (Shanahan) decides, yeah. I have a pretty good idea. I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now and everything and just the offense as a whole.

“Yeah, Kyle’s the head man. He’ll make the call.”

Shanahan said at the start of training camp that Garoppolo was entering camp as the No. 1 on the depth chart and Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in April, would start as second string. The fifth-year Niners coach also said this month that Lance would see the field at least “situationally” during his rookie season.

Reports out of San Francisco’s camp have said Lance has received more first-team snaps of late.

Garoppolo has a 22-8 regular-season record as the 49ers’ starter but has battled a number of injuries, including a torn ACL and two high ankle sprains. He started Super Bowl LIV for the Niners, a game they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Trey Lance (5) and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throw the football during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance to replace Jimmy Garoppolo in preseason opener

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener this weekend and play one series before giving way to heralded rookie Trey Lance against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, would play the remainder of the first half, barring a quick three-and-out on Saturday.

“We’re trying to start our starters for about one series,” Shanahan told KNBR on Thursday. “You hope it’s not a three and out, except on defense. On offense, you hope you can go down and score in six plays or something like that and get those guys out.

“I’m not playing every starter, but there’s some starters I want to keep out for health reasons and things like that. But most of our guys, I plan on playing, and we’ll get them out quickly. Once they’re out, I’m hoping Trey can finish out that first half. We’ll see how many plays he gets and what the situations are.”

Lance is the heir apparent to Garoppolo, who has been deemed the 49ers’ starting quarterback this season by Shanahan.

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 31 games (30 starts) in San Francisco, Garoppolo has completed 67.5 percent (596 of 883) of his passes for 7,352 yards 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 1,100 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

May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) warms up during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance signs contract with 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signed his four-year, $34.1 million fully guaranteed rookie contract, his agency CAA announced on Wednesday.

Lance was selected third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, following fellow quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Zach Wilson (New York Jets) off the board. Wilson is the lone unsigned first-round pick of the past draft.

Although Lance was selected with a high pick, coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that veteran Jimmy Garoppolo will be 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 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.

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 and is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

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

–Field Level Media