The San Francisco 49ers may have to turn to rookie Trey Lance for an important Week 17 matchup Sunday against the Houston Texans after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo reportedly sustained multiple injuries to his right thumb.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Garoppolo suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament on his right thumb and a fracture in the same thumb during last Thursday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Garoppolo missed training on Monday, and according to Schefter, his status for the Texans match is still unknown.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday that the injury happened late in the second quarter when Titans defensive tackle Denico Autry fired Garoppolo. Garoppolo ended the game but had difficulty throwing the ball, including throwing two interceptions.
“We knew his thumb hurt him,” Shanahan said. “We thought he got it fixed sometime in the match, so he tells us that right when he gets to the bench.”
The 49ers enter Week 17 with a record of 8-7, third in NFC West and a draw with the Eagles in an overall sixth place in the conference.
Garoppolo has started all but one game for the 49ers this season, with 19 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 68 percent completion rate.
Lance, the overall third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has appeared in five games and started once – a week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals – with three touchdowns, one interception and 354 yards this season.