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The status of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is up in the air for Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the veteran signal-caller has a right thumb injury.
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<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#49ers</a> HC Kyle Shanahan described QB Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury as a right thumb sprain. Said it’s just a feel thing and will see how he feels as week goes on.<br><br>Trey Lance will get starter reps until/if Garoppolo is ready to go.
Garoppolo has thrown for 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, knocking him out of the game while also keeping him out in Week 5. The quarterback was fortunately able to return following the bye with just one missed start.
However, it continues a trend of missed time for Garoppolo, who has only played one full 16-game season in his career. He missed 10 games because of ankle issues in 2020, while a torn ACL limited him to just three games in 2018.
The latest injury could open the door for rookie No. 3 overall draft pick Trey Lance to get another opportunity under center. In his only start this year, Lance went 15-of-29 for 192 yards and one interception and ran for 89 yards in a Week 5 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.