San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has admitted that he is not really confident in starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo returning to the field this season. In early-November, Garoppolo re-injured his troublesome ankle and since then he has been sidelined.
The Niners, who own a 5-8 record, are two games out of the final NFC playoff spot and they will likely miss out on the postseason. "I wouldn't say I'm confident [in Garoppolo returning this season]," Shanahan said, per ESPN.
"I think it's up in the air. I'm waiting to hear from the doctors. It's something that when you have the high ankle sprain that he had that was worse than everyone else and was so close to surgery, the only way we're gonna put him out there is if it's completely healed.
We're not going to risk him having to get surgery on it. I don't want to put him out there for a last game or last two games to have a chance of reinjuring it and have to have surgery in the offseason."
Deebo Samuel joins Garoppolo on the sideline
49ers wide receiver Samuel suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday's loss to the Washington Football Team and coach Shanahan said that he doesn't expect Samuel return in the regular season.
Since the 49ers likely won't make the playoffs, Samuel can be considered out for the season. "He's going to be out awhile, not ready to put a timeline on it yet," coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. "I think we'd have to make the playoffs for him to come back."
Meanwhile, Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich believes quarterback 39-year-old Philip Rivers has got a few more good years left. "At the way he's playing right now ... if he wants, he has multiple years of good football ahead of him," Reich said.
After spending his entire career with the Los Angeles Chargers, 2004 No. 4 pick Rivers changed teams for the first time in his career earlier this year when he signed with the Colts. "Never been a doubt in my mind the kind of football Philip Rivers could play and would play this year and has played," Reich said.
"Had that much confidence in him, so it wasn't a hard decision. Yeah you're putting your neck on the line for somebody, but OK, this is the kind of guy you want to put your neck on the line for."