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Jimmy Garoppolo is no stranger to injuries. The 49ers quarterback has missed both major and minor time with a string of injuries throughout his career, putting San Francisco behind the 8-ball at times.
This weekend is no different: Garoppolo is dealing with injuries to his throwing arm that may cause him to lose the ability to play. That couldn’t come at a worse time, with the Niners traveling to Lambeau Field to face the Packers in the NFC divisional round.
Garoppolo’s 2021 season has been marred by nagging injuries once again, and while the quarterback is getting the go-ahead to start, he’s overcoming some pretty serious injuries to make it work.
Here’s the latest:
Is Jimmy Garoppolo injured?
The 49ers quarterback suffered a sprained shoulder in San Francisco’s wild-card matchup with the Cowboys. While Garoppolo finished the game, he questioned his status for Sunday’s matchup with the Packers.
On January 18, Garoppolo said he was feeling fine, although he was limited in practice.
“Yeah, we’ll feel it all week…feeling good right now.” #49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder, thumb) on his confidence level to play Saturday night in Green Bay.
He says that his shoulder and thumb are bothering him equally at the moment.
—Nick Waggoner (@nwaggoner) January 19, 2022
It was unclear exactly when Garoppolo hurt his shoulder during the game, but it appears he was trying to avoid falling on his injured thumb in the second quarter, and instead locked up his throwing arm.
Here is the clearest view of the play in which Jimmy Garoppolo injured his shoulder.
Randy Gregory cleanly beat Daniel Brunskill and Micah Parsons pushed Trent Williams back, causing Garoppolo to get hit from both sides at once.
He tries to protect his thumb by landing on the shoulder. pic.twitter.com/Zm4SedFakX
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) January 19, 2022
Garoppolo would say the injury affected every shot he took, leading to his poor second half against Dallas.
The shoulder isn’t the only thing that has hampered the 49ers quarterback: He entered the game with an injured thumb on his pitching hand. Garoppolo is dealing with torn ligaments and a chipped bone in his thumb, an injury that sidelined him for just one game to close out the regular season.
In the week leading up to the Dallas matchup, Garoppolo was listed as limited before becoming a full participant in practice.
Jimmy Garoppolo Injury History
Garoppolo has dealt with various injuries throughout his career. Of the 65 possible games he could have played since being named the starter, Garoppolo has started 40 games.
Here is the full rundown of the injuries he has dealt with:
Starting in place of suspended Tom Brady, Garoppolo injures his shoulder in Week 2. He would miss the next two games and return to QB2 when Brady returns in Week 5.
In Week 3, Garoppolo tears the ACL in his left knee, ending his season.
In a Week 2 game against the Jets, Garoppolo sprains his right ankle. He would only miss two games.
In Week 7, Garoppolo would again aggravate his ankle injury and be shut down indefinitely, not returning for the rest of the season.
Garoppolo strains his left calf in Week 4, but misses only one game.
In Week 16 against the Titans, Garoppolo breaks his thumb. It is later revealed that Garoppolo has torn tendons in his thumb, as well as a chipped bone.
Garoppolo suffers a shoulder sprain in his throwing shoulder in the wild-card game against the Cowboys.