John Lynch: 49ers are hopeful Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle will return in 2020

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On Monday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he doesn’t anticipate quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle returning “anytime soon.” But on Friday, general manager John Lynch said the club is still “hopeful” both players will be available by the end of the season.

Lynch made his comments during an interview on KNBR, per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. Lynch added that before any conversation happens about the star offensive players returning, Garoppolo and Kittle both must be medically cleared.

Neither Garoppolo nor Kittle will play this week as both are still on injured reserve. With only three game left in the season after Sunday afternoon, there’s not much time left for that hope to be realized. And if the 49ers officially fall out of playoff contention, their return might not be worth it regardless.

7 responses to “John Lynch: 49ers are hopeful Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle will return in 2020

  1. Jimmy’s audition to return home to NE. Belichik/McDaniels/Jimmy will be together again in 2021. Makes too much sense

  2. Starting to seem like Lynch likes Jimmy G more than Shanahan does. One thing is clear though, under Shanahan when Jimmy G plays, the 49ers win. When Jimmy G does not play, the 49ers lose. Agree with Norseman though, one more loss and you should keep Jimmy and Kittle off the field until they are 100% healed. Same with Deebo. They lose one more game you should rest Deebo for the rest of the year.

  3. > Jimmy’s audition to return home to NE. Belichik/McDaniels/Jimmy will be together again in 2021. Makes too much sense

    Makes zero sense for the 49ers.

  4. If they somehow win their next two and still have a mathematical shot at a playoff berth, both will come back for the last two vs AZ and SEA.

    Otherwise, they’re both done until 2021

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