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49ers cornerback Richard Sherman expected to undergo MRI on calf area

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman expected to undergo MRI on calf area

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Richard Sherman is expected to undergo an MRI examination on Monday to reveal the extent of an injury to his left calf area that sidelined him late in the first half of the 49ers’ 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers don't know the exact nature of Sherman’s injury. The cornerback sat out of practice Wednesday with what the team described as a heel injury.

"It is the same stuff that was bothering him going into it," Shanahan said. "It was the heel and calf area. They are all connected, lower extremity."

Sherman underwent season-ending surgery last year to repair a torn right Achilles tendon while he was with the Seattle Seahawks. He underwent offseason surgery to remove bone spurs from his left heel.

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Sherman required assistance from two staff members to leave the field at halftime Sunday. He limped under his own power back onto the 49ers’ sideline at the start of the second half and back to the locker room after the game.

After the game, Sherman, who clearly was disappointed, did not speak to reporters as he left the team’s locker room to depart Arrowhead Stadium for the return flight back to the Bay Area.

Analysis: It's unreasonable to think Jimmy Garoppolo has no significant hurdle to clear

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Analysis: It's unreasonable to think Jimmy Garoppolo has no significant hurdle to clear

Jimmy Garoppolo has a mental barrier to overcome to be the kind of quarterback he and the 49ers – not to mention the team’s fan base – expect him to become.

It is only natural that a player, any player, returning from a significant injury must deal with overcoming the mental side of the challenge. That occurs when he no longer thinks about the injury or can just react naturally and instinctively.

In the case of Garoppolo, it’s his front leg while throwing passes. He sustained a torn anterior-cruciate ligament in his left knee in Week 3 of last season at Kansas City.

That knee, which has been fitted with a bulky yet lightweight brace, is closest to the oncoming pass rush.

Garoppolo has always used a vast repertoire pass styles – sometimes flat-footed with different arm angles. But it seemed to be more pronounced on Monday. He did not appear to be stepping into his throws while going 1-for-6 with an interception and zero yards passing against the Denver Broncos in his preseason debut.

Coach Kyle Shanahan speaking on a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Tuesday, expressed no concern about the mostly futile 11-play sequence for Garoppolo and the 49ers’ first-team offense.

“You always want to play better, but to get concerned over 10 plays, that’s pretty irresponsible,” Shanahan said.

Garoppolo, likewise, did not admit to any concern after the game. He said he was already looking forward to getting back on the field, where he is expected to have a longer outing in the upcoming Week 3 of the preseason.

"It's something that I haven’t done in a year, obviously, so I’ve got to knock the rust off and everything,” Garoppolo said afterward. “Thankfully, we have a short week this week, so we can bounce back quickly. But it's the first step of getting back into it."

The 49ers’ next game, Saturday night at Kansas City, should provide yet another update on Garoppolo’s comeback.

By and large, Garoppolo’s return has been uneventful – even “flawless,” in the words of general manager John Lynch. Of course, Monday was also the first time in 11 months he faced a defense that was not instructed to keep its distance.

But even in those practices against his teammates, Garoppolo seemed to struggle and come up short on passes in which he did not throw from a clean pocket. That was particular apparent on Friday in a practice against the Broncos when Garoppolo threw an interception when Von Miller was on the ground, in the vicinity of his left leg.

After the game on Monday, Garoppolo said he did not consider his knee to be any kind of issue.

"Honestly, I really wasn’t thinking about it out there, so I'm happy about that,” Garoppolo said. “Just in general, it didn’t bother me that much."

It’s quite possible Garoppolo did not consciously realize he was wary of the very natural inclination to protect himself.

Perhaps, the game Monday served its purpose. Perhaps, Garoppolo has cleared the mental hurdle of returning to action against an enemy defense that wants to hit him and hit him hard.

The next barrier to clear is when he absorbs his first big hit.

“I think those will just come naturally,” Garoppolo said. “It's football, and you know what you sign up for and everything, so I think there's value here in wanting that. I think I’ll build that in due time.”

Boston radio hosts troll Jimmy Garoppolo after horrid preseason showing

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Boston radio hosts troll Jimmy Garoppolo after horrid preseason showing

Let's not sugarcoat it -- Jimmy Garoppolo was not good in his preseason debut Monday night against the Denver Broncos. 

Let's also reiterate it was the preseason.

Regardless, Garoppolo went 1-for-6 for 0 (!) yards and one interception in the 49ers' 24-15 win at Mile High Stadium.

As you might expect. Jimmy G's poor performance in his first real action since tearing his ACL was a hot topic in the media Tuesday, especially in Garoppolo's former home of Boston.

When the New England Patriots traded Garoppolo to the 49ers in October of 2017, a majority of Boston sports radio hosts lost their collective minds, believing they'd dealt Tom Brady's heir right before TB12 was about to hang them up. Of course, things got better in Foxboro, another Super Bowl was won and Garoppolo got paid by the 49ers.

The narrative, of course, has flipped in Boston.

Now that Brady was taken the Patriots to two more Super Bowls, winning one, and seems set on playing until he's 45, there no longer is a need for the hand-wringing about the Garoppolo trade that once dominated the airwaves in the hotbed of the revolution.  Instead, it's been replaced by something else that comes naturally to those that dominate the Beantown airwaves -- condescension and trolling.

Following Garoppolo's stinker in Denver, the fine folks over at "Felger and Mazz" on 98.5 The Sports Hub took to ripping the former Patriots quarterback because ... well, you can only talk about the Red Sox's putrid bullpen for so long. 

If you didn't laugh at "The Italian Osweiler" then I can't help you.

It's all laughs for the folks in Boston right now. But with Brady's contract potentially ending after this season should it not get reworked, there's always the possibility that the six-time Super Bowl champion ditches Boston to come back to the Bay and finish his career in red and gold. Right, Chris Long? Right?

[RELATED: Jimmy G knows he has to 'be better' as season approaches]

If there's any justice in the world (there isn't), the Patriots will be stuck with the real Osweiler once Brady says goodbye to 1 Patriot Place. Until then though, the Boston radio brigade can troll its heart out.