49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo will practice but ‘have to be smart’

SANTA CLARA – Jimmy Garoppolo, so to speak, got the thumbs up for resuming practice.

That doesn’t assure, however, that he will reclaim his starting job on Sunday to travel to the 49ers at the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams, where the 49ers could win a wild-card berth.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said he had not decided whether Garoppolo or Trey Lance would get the start, “which is true,” Shanahan said, adding that he would not announce his move until one of them was 1 pm. :25 does not land on the field. to start.

Garoppolo did not indicate whether he is confident of reprising his role, although he said he “didn’t feel so hot” after bowling the ball in Tuesday’s Test session. He said it “pains” and “the web in your hand is torn a little,” adding that he won’t be 100 percent, but the goal is to reattach a piece of bone.

“I’m not trying to trick you guys or anything,” Garopolo said before practice on Wednesday. “I’m answering questions like general, going about my business and trying to get this thumb right.”

Lance filled for Garoppolo in Sunday’s 23-7 win over the Houston Texans. He still hopes to get most of the first-team reps in Wednesday’s light-tempo practice.

“We will employ Jimmy in whatever he feels comfortable doing,” Shanahan said in a video conference with reporters before practice. “…we have to be careful.” Shanahan added. “Waiting until we helped her get to her point.

“Every day is a new experience. It’s going to be at Jimmy’s pace and just talking to him, making sure he doesn’t push it too hard, to give him a chance on Sunday.”

Garoppolo tore a ligament and a raft of bone in his right thumb in Tennessee 13 days ago. He hasn’t practiced since, but he threw encouragingly enough Tuesday to be cleared for Wednesday’s session.

“It’s sore, but the throwing session is great,” Garopolo said. “I”m feeling it, feeling the new tape job. I am trying to get it back to its old speed where it is fluid. It is a process but we are moving in the right direction.

Inactive players must be announced 90 minutes ahead of time, as was the case last Sunday when it became official that Garoppolo would not be fit for a second time this season.

Garoppolo said he was disappointed as a spectator on Sunday but was “happy we got the win.” He praised Lance for being calm and composed at his place.

“I want everything in my body to be out there but you have to be smart at the same time,” Garopolo said.

other health issues

The 49ers haven’t been as injured as in years past, but that doesn’t necessarily range from their greatest strength (offensive line) to their greatest weakness (cornerback).

Left tackle Trent Williams is dealing with a sprained elbow, and although he isn’t practicing today, he usually gets a break on Wednesday to rest his 33-year-old’s body. Shanahan expects Williams to play on Sunday.

Free safety Jimmy Ward and cornerbacks K’Waun Wiliams and Dontae Johnson moved on to the COVID reserve list on Monday, and cornerback Embry Thomas was added to that group on Wednesday. If no one is showing any ill symptoms, then all can be cleared through NFL protocol.

Next season’s opponents

Assured of a third-place finish in the NFC West, the 49ers’ opponents are poised for next season.

Home Games: Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington, Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks.

Away Games: Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Las Vegas Raiders, Cardinals, Rams, Seahawks. (The 49ers have yet to play at the Falcons and Raiders stadiums, as they opened in 2017 and 2020, respectively.)