Jimmy Garoppolo 'has chance' to play versus Cardinals

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Jimmy Garoppolo 'has chance' to play versus Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed Jimmy Garoppolo's right calf and left tackle Trent Williams' right shoulder aren't going to be long-term injuries as they could suit up this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

"At least we know that it's nothing too serious where it will be long term, which was a possibility," Shanahan said, per ESPN. "I think Trent, we got a little bit better news than Jimmy, but Jimmy, we've got to see how he reacts here in the next two days.

But both of them were definitely better news today than the feeling we had last night." Initially, the Niners feared Garoppolo could be out for weeks. "It does mean he has a chance," Shanahan said. "It wasn't as bad as what we thought it might have been.

He's in a lot of pain, still sore. Hopefully by the time he comes in Wednesday, if it's getting better, then he'll have a good chance. If it hasn't improved at all by Wednesday, it will probably be a little bit longer."

The Niners hopeful to have Garoppolo on Sunday

"That was some of probably the best news we got considering what we were worried about initially," Shanahan said. "There is some fluid in there and stuff so there are some issues with it, but that's something, hopefully, he can recover here before Sunday."

Garoppolo was replaced by rookie quarterback Trey Lance at the start of the second half of Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks. "Every week you want to tell him to approach it like he's the starting quarterback," Shanahan said.

"This is the first week going into it that he has legitimately got a chance to on the first play. So, he's got to approach it that way, learn from the stuff he did last night and come in ready to go on Wednesday."

In the second half of the game against the Seahawks, Lance completed 9-of-18 passes for 157 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. "Missed some big ones, missed some easy ones, missed some checkdowns, just definitely a few plays that I want back," Lance said.

"I'm going to go back and watch it tonight and I think I'll learn a lot from that." Shanahan acknowledged that Lance didn't expect to get an opportunity. "He got thrown in not expecting to get in," Shanahan said.

"I thought he ran the ball well, hit some passes, obviously missed some passes, was in a tough situation there when we were down two scores. He did a good job of moving the chains a couple times with his legs. But it looked like a typical first game."