49ers Likely Without Key Player Against Texans

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been deemed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. Yet, head coach Kyle Shanahan noted that he still has hope that the starting quarterback will be good to go for it. 

Garoppolo sustained a Grade III sprain in his right thumb in December 23rd's game against the Tennessee Titans, so it certainly is a concerning injury. However, the promising news from this is that he currently doesn't need to have surgery on it. 

Officially losing Garoppolo for Sunday would not be ideal in the slightest for the 49ers. They are currently battling for a Wild Card spot and have an 8-7 record. These next two games are crucial for them, as the standings are immensely close. Thus, being without their starter doesn't seem to help their chances. 

On the season, Garoppolo has thrown 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. With that, he also has thrown for 3,494 total yards and has completed 68% of his passes.

If Garoppolo is out, rookie quarterback Trey Lance will take over his role for the contest. In five games this season, he has completed 52.1% of his passes, three touchdowns, one interception and 354 yards.

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