Latest on Garoppolo, Playoff Choices

Of all of today’s 49ers starting-lineup questions, the main one has reportedly been cleared Jimmy Garoppolo Returning Quarterback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Reported today morning. Several issues remain elsewhere before the start at 1:25 pm.

Before we get to them, Garoppolo’s return is prioritized. His sprained thumb (torn ligament, bone chip) kept him out of the previous game, and his ability to throw with pain from Tuesday to Friday made for a convincing case (per teammate’s testimonials) that he got his 45 The 49th and possibly final regular-season game should begin for the 49ers.

What’s more surprising is that Garoppolo takes every picture, not only because of his injury, but also because the 49ers (9-7) can be prone to passing fast. Trey Lance Make cameos in key situations. After weeks 1 and 3 of experiments, that strategy was lost. Kyle Shanhano Claimed that it messed with his play-calling rhythm. All hands (even the injured ones) are on deck today.

For the first time in 36 years, the 49ers could win their regular-season finale to lead the playoff spot. Here are the other questionable spots in the lineup (inactive players will be announced just before noon):

– have left tackle Trent WilliamsIs he, arguably his offensive MVP, good to go despite missing practice all week with last Sunday’s elbow sprain? Presumption: Yes, he will play, but all rather rookie Jaylon Moore,

— Will the starting cornerback be their most experienced unit Emmanuel Moseley (injured reserve active on Saturday), K’Vaughn Williams (active from COVID reserve on Saturdays) and Josh Norman, who has paired with Moseley as an outside cornerback in the last nine starts?

– linebacker Fred Warnerwill be the wingman of … either, (a) Marcel Harris, who made 25 tackles in the previous game with Warner but suffered an Achilles injury; (b) dre greenlaw, who has played 50 snaps in just two games this season; or, (c) Aziz Al-Shayar, whose elbow injury would likely keep him out for the third time in four games. All three linebackers are suspects.

– there is free protection Jimmy Ward, Ready to roll against what has become Rama’s kryptonite Cooper Kuppo And Odell Beckham Jr. Despite not practicing all week and coming out of COVID reserve on Saturday?

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The Cowboys’ Saturday night loss to the Eagles doesn’t affect the 49ers’ wild-card chances, but it does ensure that a playoff-bound 49ers team will be a No. 6, rather than a No. 7 seed, going to the Eagles (9-8). ) as a one-on-one tiebreaker based on a 49 Week 2 win in Philadelphia.

To go in, the 49ers must upset the Rams (12–4) or the Saints (8–8) to the Falcons (7–9), with a tie in either game to the 49ers. Number 6 is allowed. Seed.

Here are where the 49ers can open in wild-card action and what combination of winners works today in a game that includes the Panthers (5-11) in the Bucks (12-4), and the Seahawks (6) in the Cardinals (11). -10) are included. -5):

— Tampa Bay. In

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– in Dallas

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– in Los Angeles

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— in Arizona

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jersey watch

The 49ers are expected to wear their traditional street uniforms (white jersey, gold pants), and are 5-1 this season after leading 0-2 in the all-white alternate uniform.

The Rams are going with a bone-and-blue, jersey-and-pants pair in which they are 6-0 at all times.

snap counts

Through 16 games (the NFL’s standard slate from 1978-2020), here are the 49ers’ five offensive leaders at snap count: guard Laken Tomlinson (10021; 100 percent), guard Daniel Brunskill (1016;99.5), center alex mack (1,015;99.4); Williams (933; 91.4) and Garoppolo (843; 82.6).

Defensively, Ward (927 snaps; 90.1 percent) and linebacker Fred Warner (913; 89.5) is the leader, and is a No. 3 defensive end. nick bossa, whose 781 snaps (76.6) are four more than his 2019 rookie campaign. Bosa has 15 sacks to make a comeback from a knee injury in the second week of last year.

possible farewell

These 49ers are not under contract for the 2022 season (RFA, Restricted Free Agent; ERFA, Exclusive Rights Free Agent):

Quarterback

Nate Sudfeld

running back

Rahim Mostart

Jeff Wilson Jr.

Jaimichael Hasty (ERFA)

Trenton Cannon

wide receiver

John Jennings (ERFA)

Trent Sherfield

Mohammed Sanu

Travis Benjamin

River Craft (ERFA)

Richie James

tight end

Ross Dweley

offensive line

left guard Laken Tomlinson

right tackle tom compton

right guard Daniel Brunskill (RFA)

Center Jake Brendel

Protector Colton McKewitz (RFA)

defensive line

nose tackle dj jones

defensive end Arden’s

defensive end Jordan Willis

defensive tackle Maurice Hurst

defensive end cantavius ​​street

defensive tackle Kevin Givens (ERFA)

linebacker

Aziz Al-Shayar (RFA)

Marcel Harris

Mark Nezocha

Demetrius Flanigan-Fowles (ERFA)

Curtis Robinson (ERFA)

cornerbacks

K’Vaughn Williams

Jason Veretta

Josh Norman

deontay johnson

the protection

zakiski tarta

tarvarius moore

tavon wilson

Jarrod Wilson