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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been diagnosed with a UCL tear in his right thumb along with a fracture, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday.
Ian Rapoport from the NFL Network confirmed that Garoppolo suffered a ligament tear as well as a bone cut.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said Earlier Monday, the veteran signal-caller had a right thumb injury, noting he would be reassessed as the week progressed.
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# 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan described QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury as a sprain of his right thumb. Said it’s just an emotional sting, and will see how he feels as the week goes on.
Trey Lance will get starter reps until / if Garoppolo is ready to go.
His status for Sunday’s competition against the Houston Texans is unclear.
Garoppolo has thrown in 3,494 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games.
The 30-year-old suffered a calf injury in Week 4 against the Seattle Seahawks, which knocked him out of the game while also keeping him out in Week 5. The quarterback returned after saying goodbye after missing one start.
It continued a trend of lost time for Garoppolo, who has only played an entire 16-game season in his career. He missed 10 games due to ankle problems in 2020, while a torn ACL limited him to three games in 2018.
The recent injury could open the door for rookie Trey Lance to get another opportunity under the center. In his only start this year, the third overall pick went 15-of-29 for 192 yards and an interception and ran to 89 yards in a week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.