San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said the high ankle sprain quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered in Week 8 wasn't so much an aggravation of his previous injury as a whole new one. In Week 2, Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain against the New York Jets, and though the 49ers won that game 32-13, they were left without their starting quarterback for two games.
Garoppolo, who has started each of the team's last four games, suffered an even worse high ankle sprain this past Sunday in a 37-27 loss to the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to miss about six weeks. "When you have those high ankle sprains, you reinjure them a lot," Shanahan said, per ESPN.
"But it was different the way that he did it, so it's basically doing it all over again in a different way. ... Whatever's best for him, long term, is obviously what we'll decide on. But if he does need the surgery, then it'll be all year; if not, then hoping six weeks, get a chance to get back at the end."
Shanahan says no regrets over bringing Garoppolo back in Week 5
In Week 5, Garoppolo returned to the starting lineup against the Miami Dolphins, but it took only a half before he was pulled out of the game. It was evident that Garoppolo was still affected by the injury and the Dolphins ended up dominating the 49ers 43-17.
"I don't regret bringing him back any of the times," Shanahan said. "Obviously, the way the Miami game went, if I could've seen that before the game, we could've avoided bringing him back, but I thought he gave us a real good chance to win and we didn't think he was risking injury by going further with it and he didn't.
That's why he was able to come back the next two weeks even healthier. But he redid something in the Seattle game and it was bad ... it ended up being worse than we thought." The Garoppolo injury wasn't the only blow for the 49ers as star tight end George Kittle is also expected to miss about eight weeks following a sustained injury.
"I think they told me eight weeks," Shanahan said. "Kittle says two but that's how he rolls. But that's why he'll go on IR. If it's better than what they're saying then he'll have a chance to come back this year, but eight weeks is eight weeks."