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Jimmy Garoppolo suffers season-ending injury

Jimmy Garoppolo suffers season-ending injury

Jimmy Garoppolo suffers season-ending injury
Jimmy Garoppolo
  • 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was ruled out of Sunday’s game due to a foot injury. 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game that Garoppolo suffered a season-ending foot injury, which will require surgery.
  • Garoppolo suffered the injury when he was sacked by Miami’s Jerome Baker and Jaelan Phillips on third down on the Niners’ opening drive. His left foot was caught awkwardly under Phillips as he fell to the ground.
  • Burok Purday came in to replace Garoppolo. He went 25-for-37 for 210 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
  • Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa suffered an ankle injury, according to the Dolphins.

What are the 49ers’ QB options?

The 49ers have been adamant that Lance will not be back this season, although he’s been walking around without a limp and has even done some light throwing. Purdy will be the starter as long as Garoppolo is out. The only other quarterback in the building is practice squad player Jacob Eason who was added last month. Nate Sudfeld, who entered the offseason as the 49ers’ No. 2 passer, is now on the Lions roster. If Garoppolo is out for a while, the team could bump Eason up to the active roster and sign Kurt Benkert back to the practice squad. — Barrows

According to an ESPN report Sunday night, San Francisco is signing quarterback Josh Johnson off the Broncos practice squad and onto its 53-man roster.

How the 49ers’ defense fared against the Dolphins’ offense

Very well, as it turns out. But it was not an easy task. The Dolphins shot out of a cannon on the very first play of the game, a 75-yard catch-and-run from Tagovailoa to Trent Shelfeild. That spurred 49ers’ defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans into adjustment mode early, and his defense executed tweaks to perfection. The Dolphins managed only 3.4 yards per play over a prolonged mid-game stretch that saw the 49ers take control on the scoreboard and notch interceptions of Tagovailoa on consecutive plays.

Then, the 49ers closed. Nick Bosa delivered three sacks, including one that forced the game-sealing fumble returned for a touchdown by Dre Greenlaw. Arik Armstead, playing for the first time since early October, clearly provided a dominant difference for the 49ers’ defensive line.

The 49ers are clearly fielding a Super Bowl-quality defense, one that atoned for its embarrassing performance against Kansas City just over five weeks ago. And that’s necessary for the 49ers, especially since their quarterback Garoppolo was hurt against Miami and will likely miss time. — Lombardi

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