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Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t need foot surgery, he could be back in 7-8 weeks.

Jimmy Garoppolo doesn’t need foot surgery, he could be back in 7-8 weeks.

Jimmy Garoppolo may not make it for the season after all.

San Francisco the 49 quarterback, was initially ruled out for the season after breaking his foot in Sunday’s win. Miami DolphinsAfter all, he doesn’t need foot surgery, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

If his rehab goes well, Garoppolo can come back after seven to eight weeks – and that would put him back in the mix in time for the divisional round of the playoffs.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed as much on Wednesday, saying there is little chance Garoppolo will return to the playoffs. Shanahan said he wasn’t optimistic that would happen, but he wouldn’t completely rule out Garoppolo’s return.

Garoppolo was carted off the field on Sunday, and coach Kyle Shanahan said afterward that he broke “a few things” in his foot. The initial thought was Garoppolo, who replaced the starter Trey Lance after relegation at the beginning of the season, it would be done for the season.

That paved the way for the former Iowa State star Brock Purdy, who led the 49ers to a 33-17 winto end the season.

While the news about Garoppolo is promising, there’s still no guarantee he’ll be ready to take the field by the end of the year. Purdy will still have to lead the 49ers into the postseason — they’re leading the NFC West, and would be the third seed in the NFC if the playoffs started today — in order for Garoppolo to have a team to fall back on. And, of course, that’s if the rehab goes well and he’s able to pick up where he left off.

Garoppolo, 31, has thrown for 2,437 yards and 16 touchdowns with 4 interceptions in 11 games this season. Seven weeks would push it to the divisional round, making a return date for the NFC championship game a much more likely date if things go well.

Jimmy Garoppolo might not be out for the season after all. (Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times/Getty Images)





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