49ers in peril: Jimmy Garoppolo, George Kittle could both miss rest of season

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It hardly seemed possible, but the San Francisco 49ers’ already unparalleled string of devastating injuries grew even lengthier Monday.

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and tight end George Kittle are both expected to miss extended periods of time with injuries.

It cannot be understated how big of a blow it is to simultaneously lose Garoppolo and Kittle, potentially for the rest of the season. Jimmy G was up and down since returning from a high-ankle sprain and didn’t look like himself on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. Still, he’s not even a season removed from leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance, and his backup, Nick Mullens, does not have a track record of sustained success in the starting quarterback role.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell ominously raises an important point: Garoppolo’s $24.1 million salary next season isn’t guaranteed, and his long-term status with the team is suddenly very much up in the air.

Kittle, meanwhile, just signed a five-year, $75 million extension with the Niners. He appears to have broken his foot in the fourth quarter vs. the Seahawks after making a tough catch in garbage time. His future with San Francisco isn’t in doubt, but if he’s out for 2020, then the remaining roster — already sans running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman, in addition to wide receiver Deebo Samuel — has virtually no path to the postseason.

Schefter’s minimum estimates would mean, in theory, that Garoppolo returns Dec. 20 against the Dallas Cowboys, and Kittle comes back for the regular season finale on Jan. 3. Assuming the Niners are not in playoff contention, however, it’s unlikely either player will be asked to play again this year.

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