Although the San Francisco 49ers won a crucial game to keep their playoff hopes alive, they have to immediately start looking into next week's game. A crucial part of that is the status of Jimmy Garoppolo, who underwent surgery on his right thumb. The procedure hasn't totally ruled him out for next weekend's away game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan only had a guess for the status of the 49ers' quarterback for next week.
Shanahan on Garoppolo throwing this coming week: "I think he'll able to do it this week. Still, that's just me giving you guys an honest guess."
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) January 3, 2022
Shanahan revealed that Jimmy G didn't throw any passes leading up to today's game and that he watched San Francisco take the win with his thumb bandaged up.
Shanahan said Jimmy Garoppolo did not throw at all in the run-up to the Texans. He said his honest guess is that Garoppolo will be able to play against the Rams, but that's not a given. Garoppolo watched game today with thumb wrapped in black medical tape.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 3, 2022
The 49ers won thanks to a strong performance from rookie quarterback Trey Lance. His efficiency passing the ball was aided by the fact that he was facing the lowly Houston Texans. Regardless of Lance's potential, the Niners would prefer to lean on their veteran quarterback for the do-or-die contest next week against a tough Rams team.
In 14 games this season, Garoppolo leads the league in yards per completion. He has thrown for 3,494 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His decent play has still been enough for the 49ers to be a respectable offense thanks to stars like Deebo Samuel and George Kittle.
Lance touted Garoppolo's leadership after the win. Garoppolo will have the chance to prove Lance's point by trying to step up for the 49ers. Leading San Francisco back to the playoffs could improve his chances of sticking around in the offseason.