This article is part of our Injury Analysis series.
The San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers continue to struggle with injuries and lost two more key offensive players over the weekend. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo aggravated his previously injured right ankle and is expected to miss multiple weeks. Garoppolo initially suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 2 against the Jets and was sidelined for two weeks. While he was able to return, the ankle remained an issue and limited his productivity. In his last four outings, Garoppolo has thrown five interceptions to three touchdowns while averaging 176 passing yards per game. He has also fumbled twice.
When an ankle is sprained, we tend to focus on the degree of damage sustained by the ligament or ligaments. However, other structures can be injured when an ankle sprain occurs. For example, the muscles that help stabilize the joint can also be strained as they too are forcibly wretched when the injury is sustained. As a result, it is important to treat the sprained ligament and the additional problematic areas. If the ligament heals but the stabilizers remain compromised, the injured athlete can remain functionally limited and predisposed to re-injury or another injury along the kinetic chain.
There is no guarantee that was the issue limiting Jimmy G. but he has not looked like himself since the initial injury occurred. Now the Niners will have to navigate at least the next six weeks with Nick Mullens at the helm. It's also worth noting that surgery has least been discussed for Garoppolo's ankle and