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Nov 26, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) watches the game against the Seattle Seahawks during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
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San Francisco 49ers Need Reinforcements At Quarterback

The San Francisco 49ers look destined to add a veteran backup quarterback this offseason due to churn and injuries.

The departure of Jimmy Garoppolo leaves the San Francisco 49ers with Trey Lance and Brock Purdy, who are both injured.

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch didn’t rule out a Garoppolo return. Although, he admitted that door is ‘probably’ closed.


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“A lot of people want to talk about what we didn’t accomplish with him,” Lynch said. “What I know is we won a lot of football games with Jimmy. I admire, we admire his toughness, admire the teammate that he was. So I know everyone wants to talk about some discourse and all that, but I do believe that it’s probably run its course. We leave with nothing but fond memories for Jimmy. Jimmy’s gonna go play good football for someone.”

Trey Lance is still on the way back from a season-ending broken ankle he suffered in Week 2. Meanwhile, Purdy sustained a UCL injury in the postseason defeat to the Eagles. 

Purdy is yet to have surgery, with a tentative date of next week set for an operation. After that, there is a loose timeline of 6 months for his recovery.

“We may have to look at the quarterback market, in addition to Brock and Trey, to insulate ourselves from whatever may happen,” Lynch said.


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“Every player is different, every person is different, so timelines are just that, they’re guidelines,” he said. “We’ll see. The reality is the majority of these are done on baseball players. This isn’t a baseball injury. Even the way in which it happened. Brock’s going to throw, and a 255-pound man with an opposing force hits him. It’s a different injury. So the outcomes are different.”

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