The San Francisco 49ers are again without their big-money quarterback in Week 4, and this time it’ll be under the bright lights of “Sunday Night Football.”
Jimmy Garoppolo remains out with a high-ankle sprain as the 49ers host the Philadelphia Eagles at 8:20 p.m. ET Sunday. Nick Mullens will again get the starting nod while Jimmy G tries to recover from the right-ankle injury he sustained in Week 2 at MetLife Stadium against the Jets.
MORE: Why NFL players keep getting injured against Jets, Giants
In the six quarters Garoppolo has played this season, he’s completed 33-of-49 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns. Mullens has completed 33-of-47 passes for 414 yards and a touchdown with an interception in his six quarters of action.
Here’s what you need to know about Garoppolo’s injury and when he might return for the 49ers:
How long will Jimmy Garoppolo be out?
Garoppolo exited San Francisco’s Week 2 game at the New York Jets with a high-ankle sprain to his right ankle at halftime. The sprain itself happened early in the first half, and Garoppolo played through it until halftime.
Since the injury, Garoppolo hasn’t practiced. He missed Week 3 back at MetLife Stadium against the Giants and will miss Week 4 against the Eagles.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan initially termed Garoppolo’s injury “week-to-week.” Missing Week 4 marks Garoppolo’s second week out of action. The 49ers host the Miami Dolphins in Week 5, giving Garoppolo another seven days to try to return to the field.
David Lombardi, The Athletic‘s 49ers beat writer, tweeted Sunday that he “can’t think of a better warmup/ramp-up game” for Garoppolo than playing in Week 5 against the Dolphins.
What is Jimmy Garoppolo’s injury?
Garoppolo his a high-ankle sprain to his right ankle. A high-ankle sprain differs from a common ankle sprain due to the ligaments that are injured in the sprain. The ligaments sprained in a high-ankle sprain are located above the ankle and are known as the syndesmosis.
After Week 2, Shanahan said of Garoppolo’s ankle that “We knew it was getting worse but not better.” That’s why he was removed and hasn’t made it back yet.
The standard treatment for high-ankle sprains includes rest, ice, compression and elevation, according to the Hospital for Special Surgery. Garoppolo’s return will simply depend on natural healing of the ankle, along with how confident he may feel playing in an ankle brace.
Jimmy Garoppolo injury timeline
Oct. 2 – Garoppolo is ruled out for Sunday Night Football against the Eagles.
Sept. 27 – Garoppolo is inactive for Week 3 against the Giants. Nick Mullens starts.
Sept. 20 – Garoppolo sprains his right ankle in the first quarter against the Jets. He doesn’t return after halftime. Kyle Shanahan calls the sprain “week-to-week” after the game as Adam Schefter reports it’s a high-ankle sprain.
Jimmy Garoppolo injury updates
Oct. 4 – 49ers beat writer for The Athletic, David Lombardi, speculates Garoppolo could have a perfect warmup game in Week 5 against the Dolphins.
Sept. 20 – Kyle Shanahan calls Garoppolo “week-to-week.”