It was clear that 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garopolo had a hard time in his first game since maintaining a high ankle sprain in Week 2.
In the embarrassing loss of the 49ers to the Miami Dolphins in Week 5, Garopolo completed just seven of 17 passes for 77 yards, threw two interceptions and was fired three times. Garoppolo’s mobility and ability to throw were clearly limited by his injury.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said in a video conference with reporters on Wednesday that he hopes to see some improvement in the health of his QB and thus a better game on the field. If Garopolo have a physical setback or Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams develops like a loss to the Dolphins, Shanahan will not wait to place Garopolo a second time.
“If he has a good week of practice and seems to give us the best chance to win, then I will not hesitate,”
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Shanahan said he should not have had special talks with Garopolo after the 28-year-old played the worst half of his NFL career. They watched movies and talked as usual, knowing that there was a significant improvement ahead.
The head coach understands that a high degree of sprain of the ankle takes a long time, and its effects can last all season. Improvements may be gradual, but Shanahan expects Garoppolo to make steady progress.
Garopolo had a good enough week of training to start in week 5, but then he looked more affected by his ankle during the game. Shanahan said the 49 did what they could to prepare Garoppolo for live replays, but in practice they can do so much.
“We can’t do more than do it because we are going at full speed on Wednesday and Thursday, several periods on Friday,” Shanahan said. “We are not holding back. We do bootlegs, we play action, we fight, we sit in our pockets. So, we are already doing everything you can except to do it. “
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Garopolo’s injury is one of many that the 49 have dealt with, but Shanahan and the players do not justify themselves. How each person improves and returns to health will affect the rest of the season.
“It’s hard for you to play your best, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play,” Shanahan said. “A lot of guys go out there and they have things that forbid them to be the best, but if you can play, you still have to go out there and introduce yourself, and I’ll be the judge of what he’s watching all week. ”
Nothing is easier for Garopolo and his offense, who have the biggest task to face in defense against All-Pro Aaron Donald on Sunday. Donald collected four of the Aries’ eight sacks in their victory over the Washington football team in Week 5.
Garopolo will definitely need to use both his ankles to avoid being on the grass at Levi’s stadium.