SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Given the seemingly endless spate of accidents that plague his crew, San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan way back discovered to not imagine an excessive amount of in what he is informed on recreation days, whether or not the news is nice or unhealthy.
Shanahan prefers to attend for additional checks to happen the following day, which is why he was capable of breathe a small sigh of reduction Monday when he was knowledgeable that quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo‘s proper calf and left deal with Trent Williams‘ proper shoulder aren’t going to be long-term accidents.
In response to Shanahan, Garoppolo and Williams might be evaluated as this week goes on and each have an opportunity to play Sunday in opposition to the Arizona Cardinals.
“A minimum of we all know that it is nothing too critical the place it is going to be long run, which was a risk,” Shanahan stated. “I feel Trent, we acquired a little bit bit higher news than Jimmy, however Jimmy, we have to see how he reacts right here within the subsequent two days. However each of them had been positively higher news right this moment than the sensation we had final night time.”
The nearer take a look at Garoppolo revealed a bruised calf, which might take a while to heal however may additionally be only some days, which might enable Garoppolo to begin in opposition to the Cardinals.
“It does imply he has an opportunity,” Shanahan stated. “It wasn’t as unhealthy as what we thought it may need been. He is in a variety of ache, nonetheless sore. Hopefully by the point he is available in Wednesday, if it is getting higher, then he’ll have a great likelihood. If it hasn’t improved in any respect by Wednesday, it can in all probability be a little bit bit longer.”
The news was even higher for Williams. Whereas Shanahan was much less clear on what, precisely, the shoulder damage is, he did say Williams is coping with some fluid within the shoulder that should clear up. Nonetheless, he was optimistic Williams might be OK for Arizona.
“That was a few of in all probability one of the best news we acquired contemplating what we had been nervous about initially,” Shanahan stated. “There’s some fluid in there and stuff so there are some points with it, however that is one thing, hopefully, he can get well right here earlier than Sunday.”
If neither Garoppolo nor Williams is ready to return Sunday, they might each be positioned to play within the Niners’ subsequent recreation, which might come two weeks afterward Oct. 24 after their Week 6 bye.
Whereas Shanahan was hopeful about each gamers, he did point out that Garoppolo was a bit extra questionable than Williams. Which implies rookie Trey Lance, who performed the second half instead of Garoppolo in Sunday’s 28-21 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, might nonetheless make his first NFL begin.
Garoppolo stated he suffered the damage on San Francisco’s first offensive collection and indicated he thought a Seahawks defender has stepped on his calf. Garoppolo tried to play by the damage and made it to halftime earlier than giving strategy to Lance.
Lance completed 9-of-18 for 157 yards with two touchdowns and ran seven instances for 41 yards in Garoppolo’s stead.
On Monday, Shanahan acknowledged that the uncertainty surrounding Garoppolo’s standing means the Niners must start constructing a recreation plan that a minimum of considers the likelihood Lance will begin in Arizona.
“Each week you wish to inform him to method it like he is the beginning quarterback,” Shanahan stated. “That is the primary week going into it that he has legitimately acquired an opportunity to on the primary play. So, he is acquired to method it that manner, study from the stuff he did final night time and are available able to go on Wednesday.”
Elsewhere on the damage entrance, the 49ers might be with out kicker Robbie Gould for 3 to 5 weeks. Gould suffered a groin pressure simply earlier than the loss to Seattle and didn’t play. The 49ers are anticipated to work out kickers on Tuesday and signal one as they contemplate whether or not to place Gould on injured reserve.
Tight finish George Kittle, who performed by his personal calf damage in opposition to the Seahawks after lacking two practices final week, may have an identical method in follow this week. Shanahan stated Kittle might be managed all through the week, because the Niners hope to have him out there in opposition to the Cardinals.
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