Jimmy Garoppolo injury update: 49ers QB has shoulder sprain, is expected to play vs. Packers

Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with another injury as the 49ers continue their quest for a Super Bowl title.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Monday that Garoppolo suffered a “slight” sprain in his right (throwing) shoulder during the second quarter of the 49ers’ 23-17 victory over the Cowboys in the NFC wild card round.

Shanahan said the team expects Garoppolo to be ready not only for the team’s divisional round game against the Packers on Saturday, but also for practice on Tuesday.

“He had to play through some soreness and stuff, but it ended up going well. Just a slight sprain and he should be fine for practice,” Shanahan said.

Garoppolo was already playing through an injury this postseason. He tore a ligament in his right thumb in Week 16 against the Titans, causing him to miss the team’s Week 17 game against the Texans. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Garoppolo will need off-season surgery to repair the tear.

Garoppolo played well enough for San Francisco to get the win on Sunday, but he struggled more in the second half. He completed just 5 of 11 passes for 39 yards in the third and fourth quarters and threw an interception that helped get the Cowboys back in the game. Overall, he connected on 16 of 25 attempts for 172 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

The caller’s injury was one of several the 49ers suffered against the Cowboys. Defensive end Nick Bosa went into concussion protocol and linebacker Fred Warner sprained his right ankle, Shanahan said. The team is hopeful that both can play against Green Bay.

The last time the 49ers played the Packers, Green Bay won 30-28 in Week 3. Garoppolo threw for 257 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. But San Francisco has been, in recent years, an obstacle for Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Since Rodgers became a starter in Green Bay, the Packers are 0-3 against the 49ers in the playoffs; most recently, they lost 37-20 in the 2020 NFC championship game.