San Francisco expect Jimmy Garoppolo to play Week 18

Garoppolo and Niners took good care of their thumb throughout the week, but their best chance of coming back would be next Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers hope that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, listed as questionable for the home game against the Houston Texans due to a torn right thumb, will return for the regular season finale on January 9 against the Los Angeles Rams they noted. sources to Adam schefter from ESPN.

Niners running back Elijah Mitchell, in doubt due to a knee injury, is expected to return to action after a three-game absence, Schefter leaked.

Garoppolo did not participate in any of the team’s four training sessions this weekbut the head coach, Kyle shanahan, accepted in front of reporters on Friday that “I remain hopeful” that Garoppolo will play against the Texans: “He has a chance this week, so he will have a better chance next week,” he concluded.

According Shanahan, the Niners medical staff made it clear that Garoppolo he would have a better chance of playing this week if he doesn’t shoot as much. So instead of testing the injured thumb in practice, Garoppolo withdrew completely.

Meanwhile, all signs point to rookie Trey Lance making his second start at the NFL on Sunday. Beyond getting all the initial replays in practice, Lance made himself available to the media on Friday, his first interview session with local media since his start against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 10.

Nate Sudfeld, who was elevated from the practice team to the active roster with one of the replacement designations COVID-19 of the 49ers, he will back Lance if Garoppolo can’t even be on the touchline.

Mitchell, a sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft, has missed the last three games for the Niners. Shanahan stressed that Mitchell had his best day since Thursday’s injury and was uneventful on Friday.