Jimmy Garoppolo's 2020 could be over already, head coach Kyle Shanahan conceded on Tuesday.
Garoppolo, who, like George Kittle, is headed for IR, could require season-ending surgery for his high-ankle sprain on his left foot.
"He essentially had a whole new one, just on the same foot," Shanahan said, via NBC Sports bay Area. "When you have those high-ankle sprains, you re-injure them a lot. But it was a different way he did it. So it’s basically doing it all over again in a different way."
The Niner QB was originally hurt in the Week 2 win over the Jets.
"It is worse than the last one," Shanahan added. "That’s why surgery is an option. We’re getting different doctors’ opinions now. Whatever is best for him long term is obviously what we’ll decide on. But if he does need the surgery, it’ll be all year. Hoping six weeks to get him back at the end."
Nick Mullens stepped in for the sidelined starter on Sunday as the 49er fell, 37-27, to the NFC West division rival Seahawks.
Earlier in the day, before Shanahan revealed the possibility of surgery, Jason La Canfora dropped quite the nugget regarding Garoppolo's ankle during an appearance of The Jason Smith Show on FOX Sports Radio, strongly suggesting that this will be Jimmy's last season in Santa Clara.
"...there was actually some tension, and some clashing, and some differing on opinions about his previous high ankle sprain, and now he’s got another one on top of that… I think there’s going to be a lot of recalibrations, and a lot of reassessments about where they are as a franchise, about what they need, and about what kind of money that they’re spending now."
Stay tuned. There's sure to be plenty more leaks to come.