Jimmy G re-injures ankle, Mullens takes over in 49ers' loss


The insult the 49ers experienced at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in their 37-27 loss was accompanied by injury -- and a significant one at that. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo started the game, but he was unable to finish it.

After the Seahawks capitalized on a Dante Pettis fumbled kickoff return and increased their lead to 27-7 in the third quarter, the 49ers badly needed a response. However, they went three-and-out, and that likely proved to be Garoppolo's last possession of the contest.

Following a punt, Garoppolo was in visible pain on the 49ers' sideline. He eventually went to the locker room at the end of the quarter, and Nick Mullens took over under center on San Francisco's next offensive possession.

Garoppolo did not return to the game, and Shanahan said after the loss that they would need to see how Garoppolo's ankle responds on Monday before deciding on his status for Week 9.

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Garoppolo previously missed the 49ers games in Weeks 3 and 4 with a high ankle sprain sustained in the 49ers' Week 2 win over the New York Jets. He'll have a short turnaround to heal up, as San Francisco hosts the Green Bay Packers on "Thursday Night Football" in Week 9.