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Jimmy Garoppolo Will Start Against Rams

It seems the quarterback’s sprain has improved a lot

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo sprained his right ankle and he wouldn’t be 100 percent, but he’s almost as he was before the injury in Week 2.

“On the ankle, it felt great this week,” Garoppolo noted on Friday. “It really is. He’s had a lot of improvements, just those extra days he’s consistently improved. So it’s one of those things you have to keep working on. “

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Jimmy Garoppolo trained all three days this week without any limitation and is not listed by the Niners in the injury report for Sunday. Which means he would start against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night, his second straight start, but one in which he is better than he was last week against the Miami Dolphins.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said of Garoppolo, “He looked healthy and had a good week of training,” so he’s confident that Garoppolo will not only start but also deliver a better performance than he did against the Dolphins.

Last week the quarterback had one of his worst performances, finishing against the Dolphins 7-17 for 77 yards and two interceptions, for a career-low 1.4 QBR of any quarterback this season.

Halfway through the game, Shanahan took out Garoppolo and put in substitute CJ Beathard in part because Jimmy had a sore ankle and couldn’t get the ball down the field.

Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t have a good afternoon last week against the Dolphins. Getty

Shanahan did not say whether it will be Beathard or Nick Mullens who would be Garoppolo’s backup against Rams, but indicated earlier in the week that he would not hesitate to make the trade if Garoppolo’s ankle becomes a problem again.

On the other hand, linebacker Kwon Alexander was ruled out for Sunday due to his own sprained ankle. Cornerback Dontae Johnson (groin) was also out.

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Drew Greenlaw will start in Alexander’s place, but Shanahan offered some optimism, noting that the linebacker will not have to go to injured reserve.

“I never like to say ‘mild sprain’ ankle, because ankle sprains are always a big problem,” Shanahan said. “But it was not the typical one where they will surely GO, so we have not put it yet and we hope to keep it away (from the list).”

The 49ers hope to recover starting cornerback Emmanuel Moseley from a concussion this week. Moseley appears questionable because he has one more step in the protocol to go through, but he does, he should be ready to play alongside Jason Verrett.


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