Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo underwent foot surgery in March after signing with the Los Vegas Raiders, according to The Athletic.
Garoppolo arrived at the Raiders’ facility in mid-March to sign his three-year, $72.75 million contract that included $45 million in guaranteed money, but his physique delayed the process.
The Raiders didn’t like what they saw in Garoppolo’s foot, which was broken during the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Miami Dolphins.
Garoppolo’s injury led to the rise of Brock Purdy, the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft who led the 49ers to two postseason victories.
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Garoppolo could have had surgery when he initially fractured, but 49ers medical staff didn’t think it was necessary. The Raiders staff thought they needed it.
Garoppolo and the Raiders agreed to a contract, and he was introduced as the next quarterback in Sin City after former Raiders QB Derek Carr signed with the New Orleans Saints.
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Following his presentation, where Garoppolo explained his enthusiasm and determination to win in Las Vegas, he underwent surgery.
Now the big question is whether Garoppolo will be ready for the season. Head coach Josh McDaniels didn’t seem overly concerned about Garoppolo’s condition.
“We haven’t played a game for 100 days,” he said, via The Associated Press. «Everything that happened since we signed Jimmy, we knew about it beforehand.
«Our preference is not to push and rush anyone at this time.»
Garoppolo is out of the OTAs, and could be out entirely until July, when training camp begins.
With Jarrett Stidham also moving on from the Raiders and signing with the Denver Broncos, the Raiders have veteran Brian Hoyer as Garoppolo’s backup for the 2023 season. Aidan O’Connell and Chase Garbers are also on the depth chart.
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In his ninth NFL season last year, his sixth with the 49ers, Garoppolo threw for 2,437 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions during the 10 games he started. Trey Lance initially beat him during a training camp battle, but quickly returned to the starting role after Lance suffered a season-ending injury.