Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo wants to “give it a go” at Friday’s practice

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Jimmy Garoppolo hasn’t practiced this week, but the quarterback and the 49ers haven’t ruled him out. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo wants to test his strained right calf in practice Friday to see if he can play against the Cardinals on Sunday.

“Jimmy told me he wants to give it a go tomorrow, so we’ll see him out on the practice field tomorrow,” Shanahan said on KNBR, via David Bonilla of “If he looks good, then he’ll have a shot. If he can’t, then we’ll shut him down.”

Shanahan said Garoppolo will start the game if he can show he’s healthy enough to push off his back leg.

“Jimmy, it’s more just his health,” Shanahan said on his radio show. “If he feels good enough to where he can protect himself, [if] 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. He’s a guy who, besides the practice field, you would think he was starting.

“I mean, the meetings, the questions he asks, he’s on top of the whole game plan and everything. And he’s been through it enough to where it’s not that he has to do that stuff. The main thing is, the fact that he wants to give it a go means he’s feeling better, but you never really know until he goes out there and does a full dropback, has to react, and really step into some throws. And that’s what you want to see from him.”

Rookie Trey Lance will make his first career start if Garoppolo can’t play.

The only player Shanahan ruled out for Sunday is cornerback K'Waun Williams (calf).

7 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Jimmy Garoppolo wants to “give it a go” at Friday’s practice

  1. Last week it was ankle sprains with a few players. This week a few have calf injuries. It’s like “Injury of the Week” with the 49ers.

  2. Translation; Even on a bum leg Jim Garrapolo is head and shoulders better then Lance.

  3. Shanahan should spend less time obsessing about whether or not Jimmy is ready and more time getting Lance ready, even if Lance doesn’t start or play on Sunday.

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