Jimmy Garoppolo’s 2020 NFL season has been derailed by two separate high ankle sprains.
But according to teammate Raheem Mostert, the 49ers quarterback’s most recent injury might be worse than we’re aware of.
While speaking to reporters Thursday, Mostert was asked if he and other 49ers players who have sustained high ankle sprains this season have compared injuries.
“Yeah, I’ve talked to guys and every guy is different,” Mostert said. “Every guy has a different situation. Some are more severe than others, like Jimmy’s for example. He was dealing with a high ankle [sprain], but I believe that it was a little bit more than that, and that’s why he hasn’t been able to play.”
Garoppolo left the 49ers’ Week 8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks with his latest high ankle sprain, and he was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 5.
A day later, coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Garoppolo underwent tests and surgery was deemed not necessary.
“Good news from the doctors that none of them are recommending surgery right now,” Shanahan said on Nov. 6. “So we are not going do anything for this four-to-six weeks. Rest it, and then we will re-evaluate and hopefully, it heals up the way the doctors are anticipating and he will be good to go then, and not need surgery.”
As for Mostert, he returned from his own high ankle sprain in Week 12, but has rushed for only 85 yards on 27 carries over the last two games.
While he’s healthy enough to play, Mostert acknowledged that he likely won’t be completely healthy for a little while.
“Especially these next few weeks, you know, it’s not going to be 100 percent,” Mostert said (H/T 49ers Web Zone). “But it’s there, and it’s a nagging feeling, most importantly. I’ve just got to overcome it, which I’ve been doing a great job. I’ve just got to continue to keep rehabbing and doing all the little things. That way, I can be close to 100 percent when I step out onto the field.”
The 49ers likely would have preferred if Mostert didn’t say anything about Garoppolo’s injury, but if the quarterback is able to return before the end of the season, that will be a sign that his ankle wasn’t as bad as feared.