New Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo underwent foot surgery back in March to repair an injury that he reportedly sustained back in December with the San Francisco 49ers. While some have started to consider pressing the panic button with his health issues, head coach Josh McDaniels is in full belief Jimmy G will be ready to roll in Week 1.
Via Tashan Reed of The Athletic:
“McDaniels said he has “no anxiety” about the status of Jimmy Garoppolo moving forward.”
The Raiders boss also had this to say recently about Garoppolo's latest setback:
“We don’t play a game for 100 days,” McDaniels said (via The Athletic). “Everything that’s happened since we signed Jimmy, we knew ahead of time. … Certainly had an awareness of all of it. Our preference is not to push it and rush anybody back at this point in time. Could we? I mean, you could make that decision. It's just, I think the most important time of the year is going to happen when we get to training camp so that we're ready to go and we can do the work we need to do in August.”
While McDaniels might not be worried, the Raiders fanbase surely is. Jimmy Garoppolo didn't play for the rest of the 2022 season after the injury and has dealt with non-stop health problems over the last few years, including a torn ACL and broken ankle.
Las Vegas signed the quarterback to a three-year, $72.5 million deal in March to be their next signal-caller, but who knows how much he truly has left in the tank. He reportedly did sign an injury waiver that states if he doesn't pass a physical, the quarterback can be released.
For now, Brian Hoyer is QB1 until Garoppolo is able to get on the field, which will likely come in training camp later this summer.