49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo to undergo thumb surgery, report says

More than a month after injuring his right thumb at UCL, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo is preparing for offseason surgery.

Garoppolo first injured his thumb in the 49ers’ loss to the Tennessee Titans, but only missed one game before returning to his starting role for the rest of the season. According to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport, Garoppolo will undergo reconstructive surgery to repair his UCL “as soon as it can be scheduled.”

UCSF Director of Sports Medicine Dr. Nirav Pandya tweeted on Monday that the typical recovery from surgery at UCL is “five to six weeks”, and performance statistics showed that players are not negatively affected after the operation.

“It’s likely that Jimmy Garoppolo played his last down with the San Francisco 49ers and that’s the best-case scenario for everyone,” Rapoport said in a TV report.

After losing 20-17 to the Rams in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game at SoFi Stadium, the 49ers are widely expected to leave Garoppolo and install Trey Lance as the starting quarterback for the 2022 season. Several players, including Garoppolo, have expressed their uncertainty about his future with the franchise following the team’s season-ending loss and on Monday, a handful of 49ers expressed their appreciation for the opportunity to play alongside Garoppolo this year.

“What a fun run, I (told him) I really appreciate you and all the work you’ve done,” center Alex Mack said Monday. “It’s great to be your teammate and I just like you ‘and that’s pretty much where we left off because no one really knows what the future holds.

Rapoport added that some teams interested in acquiring Garoppolo may wait to see the quarterback has fully recovered from the operation before pursuing a trade.

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