San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was absent from his team’s training session on Monday following a long holiday weekend. This was the result of two injuries, namely a fracture as well as a torn ulnar collateral ligament of the right thumb.
Garoppolo incurred these injuries early on during his team’s 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. As a result, his availability for the 49ers’ next game against the Houston Texans on Sunday remains uncertain.
“We knew his thumb was hurting him,” coach Kyle Shanahan explained. “We thought he jammed it sometime in the game, so he tells us right when he comes to the bench.”
Shanahan revealed that Garoppolo’s injury was incurred during the 49ers’ first offensive play of the third quarter.
As a result of Garoppolo’s absence, rookie quarterback Trey Lance took over his responsibilities during Monday’s “bonus” practice. Shanahan explained that, during this session, Lance became acquainted with the regular starters in what he called a “walk-through”.
Currently, there is no guarantee as to whether or not Garoppolo will play against the Texans on Sunday. Shanahan explained that this will depend on how the starting quarterback feels as well as an assessment of how well he is able to throw a ball in training upon his return.