San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has confirmed that Jimmy Garoppolo will remain the team's starting quarterback going forward -- even if he doesn't manage to return to the field this year. In Week 8, Garoppolo was forced to leave the game after suffering a high right ankle sprain as his 49ers went on to suffer a 37-27 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
In Week 2, Garoppolo also suffered a high ankle sprain and he was out for a few weeks before returning to the lineup. While Garoppolo was still trying to find his form and rhythm, he suffered another high ankle sprain and the initial prognosis was that he would be out around six weeks.
"I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year," Shanahan said, per ESPN. "I expect him to come and play with us this year. We have six games left, we are not out of the playoffs yet. I have been on a team that was 3-6 going into a bye week that ended up winning their division.
I think we have guys on this team that are capable of finishing this the right way. We've got to do it one game at a time, and I hope Jimmy can be a part of that. "But to think that we've made any decisions on anybody going into the future isn't the case.
Jimmy has won a lot of games for us. It's a lot harder to win games when he's not here. Just hoping we can get him back."
Shanahan hopes Garoppolo returns this season
More than two weeks have passed since Garoppolo suffered a high ankle sprain and there is still hope that he could return and play two or three more games in the regular season.
The 49ers haven't won a game since Garoppolo suffered a high ankle as backup quarterback Nick Mullens so far has failed to step up and lead the 49ers to victories. "I'm really holding out hope that Jimmy can get back and play some games with us," Shanahan said.
"I'm hoping that we can change a little bit of our outcomes so when he does come back and hopefully a few other people, they're coming back for a reason." Last season, Garoppolo played extremely well as the 49ers made the Super Bowl.
In the Super Bowl, the 49ers led 20-10 before they surrendered 21 unanswered fourth quarter points as the Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20.