49ers don’t expect Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle back anytime soon

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49ers tight end George Kittle said last week that he expects to return from a broken bone in his foot “sooner than later,” but head coach Kyle Shanahan sent a different message after Monday night’s loss to the Bills.

Shanahan was asked about the prospect of getting Kittle and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo back into the lineup. Garoppolo suffered a high-ankle sprain in the team’s November 1 loss to the Seahawks, which was the same day that Kittle was injured and Shanahan suggested both players need more time before they can think about activating them from injured reserve.

“Those guys are working their tails off right now,” Shanahan said, via Chris Biderman of the Sacramento Bee. “But they’re still part of the rehab, just trying to get back and be a part of this, but it’s not anytime soon right now.”

Monday night’s loss dealt a blow to the 49ers’ playoff hopes and another blow against Washington in Week 14 would leave little reason to think they can return to the postseason. That might impact any decision to bring Kittle and Garoppolo back at all before the year is out.

9 responses to “49ers don’t expect Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle back anytime soon

  1. After last night’s loss why bring back either? Time to hunker down and prepare for the future.

  2. I wouldn’t bring either one back at this point. They already made that mistake with Garoppolo,and Kittle is hurt more often than not. Tight ends always take a beating. Let them heal up completely.

  3. Jimmy G… hyper hype. This guy is average at best. 49ers wasted so many millions on a mediocre fragile game manager.. smitten by the first 10-12 games

  4. I suspect playoff prospects will factor into if either Kittle or Jimmy G returns this season. One more loss and the answer is probably no.

  5. I think if Jimmy just has a high sprain he has a chance to come back at some point. I had a high ligament stretch that rquired a cast for three months. If he has anything like that his season is over.
    Bad news for him to, once you do a severe high ankle sprain or ligament, you never ever recover 100%, This can easily be a recurring thing. I know personally.

  6. Rushing guys back from injury is a bad idea in general and with them out of the playoff hunt it makes absolutely no sense to them now. Same is true for every other team out of the playoff picture. Why are the Panthers so keen on getting McCaffrey back out onto the field?

  7. They are not a Super Bowl team this year. Shut them down, keep them healthy and try again next year. Maybe, or maybe not, with Jimmy…

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