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Jimmy Garoppolo doubtful, but will test out thumb on Saturday for Week 17

Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a right thumb injury that has him doubtful to play.

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass in the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Friday PM update: Shanahan is taking this down to the wire, but all signs point toward Garoppolo being out despite the head coach drawing it out.

Friday PM update: Head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Garoppolo is doubtful to play in Week 17, per Jennifer Lee Chan. Trey Lance has been getting all the first team reps and will start against the Texans in an important game for the 49ers playoff chances.

Friday update: Garoppolo didn’t practice once again on Friday. All signs point toward Trey Lance getting the start.

Thursday pre-practice update: Garoppolo isn’t in practice attire and is off to the side with the team doctor, per Matt Maiocco. It looks like he will once again be a non-participant on the injury report.

Wednesday post-practice update: Jimmy Garoppolo did not practice on Wednesday, per Matt Barrows. Trey Lance is taking first team snaps in practice.

Wednesday pre-practice update: 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media Jimmy Garoppolo has a grade 3 sprain of his UCL, per Niners Nation. He will attempt to practice and start to determine if he can play on Sunday.

Monday later PM update: Ian Rapoport is now reporting the injury is a chipped bone and torn ligament in Garoppolo’s right thumb. “His status is in doubt for this weekend, but he’s going to try to gut it out, somehow.” The team returns to practice on Wednesday.

Monday PM update: Adam Schefter is reporting the injury is thought to be “a more significant injury” than a right thumb sprain. We’ll find out more later this week, but this suggests Trey Lance is looking at a starting opportunity in Week 17.

The San Francisco 49ers played on Thursday Night Football in Week 16, which means Monday brought a bonus practice for the team heading into Week 17. Although it’s described as a glorified walkthrough, it brought a significant development for the 49ers.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo did not take part in practice due to an injury he suffered early in the Titans game. Kyle Shanahan told the media he suffered a right thumb injury late in the second quarter when he got sacked. Shanahan described it as a thumb sprain, not a fracture.

Garoppolo’s status is uncertain for Week 17 when the 49ers face the Houston Texans. Trey Lance is his backup and would take over the starting role. The team will see what Garoppolo’s thumb feels like on Wednesday at practice.

The 49ers lost to the Titans on Thursday 20-17. Kicker Randy Bullock won the game in the final minute, but a pair of Jimmy Garoppolo interceptions were critical errors in the loss. The 49ers dropped to 8-7 heading into Week 17. If the Saints and Eagles win out, the 49ers will drop out of the final playoff spot.