Fri Oct 9 6:39pm ET
By JOSH DUBOW
AP Pro Football Writer
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) passes against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, right, greets quarterback Nick Mullens during warm-ups before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo will return as starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers this week after missing the past two games with a sprained ankle.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will start Sunday at home against the Miami Dolphins. Shanahan wanted to see how Garoppolo made it through a full week of practice before making his decision.
''Each day he got better,'' Shanahan said Friday. ''Never felt too sore the next day. So, we needed to hear that today and see him out there today and we feel good to go.''
Garoppolo had hoped not to miss any time with the injury, having played through ankle sprains before. But this was a more severe high ankle sprain which made it impossible for him to move well enough to avoid danger in the pocket.
He was able to show he was healthy in practice and will provide a needed spark for the 49ers (2-2), who lost 25-20 at home last week to Philadelphia.
''Ankle is feeling really good right now,'' Garoppolo said. ''Got the last couple of weeks off to get it right. The training staff, I tip my hat to those guys, they did a great job with me, just preparing me and everything. But, as far as getting out there, I mean, we've had the whole week to work on it. So, it's feeling pretty good right now.''
San Francisco has a 20-6 record when Garoppolo starts, compared to a 5-21 mark with any other quarterback since Shanahan arrived in 2017.
Garoppolo threw for 3,978 yards and 27 TD passes last season to lead the Niners to 13 wins and was 33 for 49 for 390 yards, four TDs and no interceptions in six quarters this season.
The Niners could have almost all of their key pieces back on offense with running back Raheem Mostert questionable after missing two games with a knee injury and receiver Deebo Samuel questionable with an illness.
Samuel hasn't been allowed at the facility the past two days because he had a fever and aches earlier in the week. Samuel has taken part in meetings and will be allowed back once he passes one more coronavirus test.
Mostert, Samuel, All-Pro tight end George Kittle and first-round receiver Brandon Aiyuk have all missed games this season so the Niners are looking forward to the possibility of having all their important pieces available together for the first time.
''That's exactly how we envisioned it in the offseason,'' fullback Kyle Juszczyk said. ''It's great to finally have everybody healthy and in there together.''
Shanahan also said C.J. Beathard has moved ahead of Nick Mullens on the depth chart and will be Garoppolo's backup Sunday. Mullens played well in his first start this season before getting pulled in last week's loss to Philadelphia after committing three turnovers.
Beathard played well in relief and now will get the first shot if anything happens to Garoppolo.
NOTES: LB Dre Greenlaw will also return after missing two games with a quadriceps injury. ... CB Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring) is questionable for the game, while DE Ezekiel Ansah (biceps), CB Dontae Johnson (groin), CB Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and CB K'Waun Williams (knee, hip) are out. ... Ansah and Williams will be placed on IR on Saturday and the Niners will call up at least one more cornerback from the practice squad.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 7
Former Philadelphia Eagles DE Daeshon Hall was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets Monday, Oct. 26.
Atlanta Falcons DE Takkarist McKinley (groin), C Alex Mack (knee) and OT Kaleb McGary (elbow) were listed as limited on the team's estimated injury report for Monday, Oct. 26.
Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (hip) was listed as limited on the team's estimated injury report for Monday, Oct. 26. The Falcons didn't actually practice.
Fantasy Spin: Jones caught eight of nine targets for 97 yards while frequently receiving attention from trainers on the sideline during the Week 7 loss to the Detroit Lions. He needs to be in lineups if he's taking the field.
Atlanta Falcons WR Russell Gage Jr. (knee) was listed as a limited participant on the team's estimated practice report for Monday, Oct. 26.
Fantasy Spin: Gage was in and out of the Week 7 loss to the Detroit Lions, but he finished with six catches on seven targets for 54 yards. He has reemerged as a reliable FLEX option and can be started in all but the toughest of matchups.
Updating a previous story, Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) is expected to miss 'a few weeks' due to a slight tear of a ligament in his ankle, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: RB Chase Edmonds will be a must-start RB2 for however long Drake is out of the lineup. RBs Jonathan Ward or Eno Benjamin could be worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Tennessee Titans LB Will Compton was waived Monday, Oct. 26.
Updating a previous story, Seattle Seahawks RB Chris Carson (foot) is week to week and expected to miss multiple games after an MRI taken Monday, Oct. 26, confirmed he has a mid-foot sprain.
Updating a previous story, Jacksonville Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 26. DE Aaron Lynch was activated from the Exempt/Commissioner Permission list to the active roster.
Updating a previous story, Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Oct. 26.
Fantasy Spin: McCaffrey has been deemed a long shot to play in Week 8, but fantasy managers will clearly need to continue monitoring this situation. He'll be a must-start player if he's declared active.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson (ankle) has been placed on Injured Reserve. Jackson suffered a high ankle sprain in the team's 22-21 win over the New York Giants this past Thursday and the move to Injured Reserve was expected. Jackson caught three passes for 34 yards on five targets before leaving the game. With Jackson out, the Eagles will lean even more heavily on Travis Fulgham, Greg Ward Jr. and John Hightower. The team could also get Alshon Jeffery (foot) back soon and they activated rookie Jalen Reagor (thumb) from Injured Reserve on Monday, so he will return soon as well.
Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in the team's Week 7 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He left the game in the fourth quarter and didn't return. Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has reported that Patrick is currently day-to-day. Patrick was on a bit of a roll before this past week. He had turned in back-to-back 100-yard performances in Week 4 and Week 6 before being held to just three catches for 44 yards in Week 7. Patrick has been the Broncos No. 1 receiver over the past month and should be owned in all leagues of 14 or more teams. He projects to be a decent WR3 or flex option in Week 8 against the Los Angeles Chargers if he's good to go.
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (head) has entered the league's concussion protocol. Lindsay suffered a concussion in the first half of this week's game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He should be considered questionable at best for the team's Week 8 game against the Los Angeles Chargers. If Lindsay is forced to sit out the game, Melvin Gordon will handle a heavy workload for the team. Lindsay was in the midst of a solid game this week with nine carries for 79 yards before the injury. Lindsay should remain owned in all leagues. He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the year, which is a solid notch above Gordon's 4.3 yards per carry.
Updating a previous story, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Oct. 26. DL Hassan Ridgeway (biceps) was also placed on the IR.
Los Angeles Chargers TE Virgil Green (ankle) is a candidate to go on the Reserve/Injured list after suffering a lateral ankle sprain in Week 7, according to a source. X-rays were negative, but Green will miss several weeks and should return later this season.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (knee) will remain sidelined for the team's Week 8 game against the Las Vegas Raiders. However, there appears to be a chance he could return in Week 10, following the team's Week 9 bye. Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski reported that Chubb is on schedule in his recovery from the MCL injury he suffered in Week 4. Kareem Hunt will continue to be leaned on heavily until Chubb is able to make his return.
Carolina Panthers WR Seth Roberts was released Monday, Oct. 26. CB Josh Hawkins was also released from the practice squad.
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jalen Reagor (thumb) has been activated off Injured Reserve. Reagor was initially placed on Injured Reserve after Week 2 while undergoing surgery to repair a torn UCL in his thumb. The Eagles are desperately in need of help at receiver, so Reagor's impending return is great news for the team. He should still be considered questionable for Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles have a bye in Week 9 and they may want to give Reagor the extra time to recover. He's a solid stash candidate in deep leagues as he could be a valuable fantasy contributor down the stretch.