Jan 30, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass against the Los Angeles Rams in the first half during the NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

End of 49ers’ playoff run leads to talk of Jimmy Garoppolo’s future

With Jimmy Garoppolo’s days in a San Francisco 49ers uniform perhaps numbered, neither he nor some others around him were ready to talk much about it on Sunday.

“I’m not gonna sit here and make a farewell statement or anything right now. It’s the last stuff on my mind,” Niners coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters after San Francisco lost to the Los Angeles Rams 20-17 in the NFC Championship Game.

“Jimmy has batted his ass off. He battled today. He did some unbelievable things today. I love coaching Jimmy,” Shanahan said.

Tight end George Kittle, one of Garoppolo’s favorite targets and among the Niners’ biggest offensive weapons, wasn’t enjoying the topic of possibly losing the quarterback, either.

“I mean, lot of unknowns. Yeah, it’s not fun to think about. Kind of more just processing losing the game before the Super Bowl, which isn’t a lot of fun. But I’ll get to those emotions whenever they come.”

Garoppolo, 30, has one year remaining on the five-year, $137.5 million contract he signed with the 49ers in February 2018. He is due to make $25.5 million next season.

Garoppolo is an eight-year veteran who has played the past five seasons for the 49ers. But the team dealt three first-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins for the right to move up in the 2021 draft and select Trey Lance third overall.

With Garoppolo injured during the season, Lance appeared in six games and made two starts, completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns. He also carried 38 times for 168 yards and a score.

Garoppolo said he thought it would take a few days for thoughts of his future to “start to settle in a little bit.”

“Emotions are high after a game, win or loss. It’s one of those things you gotta be glad it happened. Just smile from it, think about the good things. … Just the fight and the battle in this team throughout the entire year has been really impressive. And I love those guys,” Garoppolo said.

He has thrown for 11,852 yards and 71 touchdowns in the regular season. In seven postseason games, he has completed 80 of 132 passes for 962 yards and four touchdowns, with six interceptions.

–Field Level Media

Dec 23, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws a pass during pre-game warmups before their game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) uncertain for next week

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sat out Monday’s practice with an injured thumb on his throwing hand, putting his availability for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans in doubt.

Coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday afternoon that Garoppolo was affected by the injury during last Thursday’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans, and the team would re-evaluate him Wednesday.

Shanahan called it a sprain, but later in the day, ESPN and NFL Network reported that Garoppolo was also dealing with a chipped bone and a torn ligament in the thumb.

Garoppolo has started 14 of the Niners’ 15 games this season and completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,494 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

But fans who are ready to see more of rookie Trey Lance may get their wish this week. Lance would be in line for his second career start if Garoppolo can’t go against Houston.

Lance has seen action in five games this year and has thrown for 354 yards, three touchdowns and one interception while also picking up 137 yards and a score on the ground. In his lone start, Week 5 at the Arizona Cardinals, Lance went 15-for-29 for 192 yards, throwing a pick and taking two sacks while filling in for an injured Garoppolo. He also ran for 89 yards in that start.

At 8-7, San Francisco is in the thick of the NFC wild-card hunt, occupying the No. 6 seed with two weeks to go.

–Field Level Media

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

Oct 10, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Trey Lance nurses minor knee sprain

Trey Lance joined fellow 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the trainer’s room after spraining his left knee Sunday, leaving his status uncertain for San Francisco’s next game.

The 49ers (2-3) are idle this week before returning to action Oct. 24 against the visiting Indianapolis Colts. It’s unclear if either of their top two QBs will be ready for that contest.

Lance, a rookie first-round draft pick, got hurt Sunday in the 49ers’ 17-10 road loss to the Arizona Cardinals but played the entire game. He filled in for Garoppolo, who was sidelined due to a right calf injury.

“It’s not a long-term injury,” Shanahan said of Lance. “He’ll have to stay here on the bye week and get treatment and everything, so we should have a good idea by the end of the next week whether he has got a chance for Indy or not. If he doesn’t, they told me it should be like a one- to two-week thing but possibly just one.”

No. 3 quarterback Nate Sudfeld could be forced into duty if both Garoppolo and Lance are unavailable.

“I was messing with Trey and Jimmy that now Jimmy just got some company so they’ll be here, the both of them, the whole week so they have the best chance to be ready for (next) Monday when we all get back,” Shanahan said. “But I’m pumped to have Nate here. He was ready to go (Sunday) — he’s been ready to go every week. He’s as big of a pro as it gets. So if his number is called versus Indy, I know he will be ready.”

Lance, making his first NFL start Sunday, completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards with one interception and no touchdowns. He also ran for a game-high 89 yards on 16 carries.

Shanahan said of his quarterback options, “Trey definitely has the ability to help us win games. I thought he was a big part of why we had a chance to win that game (Sunday). I just wish we could have played better around him, too. Not that he was perfect by any means, but he gave us a very good chance to win that game and I know he will give us a chance to win a lot going forward.

“But it’s more of a decision than just which player do you want to go with. There’s a whole team here, there’s a lot more that goes into it and these three losses that we’ve had in a row, the answer good or bad, is not just the quarterback.”

–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

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