Unlikely to return for playoffs

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that he isn't optimistic about Garoppolo (foot) returning during the playoffs, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

The 49ers are in good position to qualify even with backup Brock Purdy taking over at quarterback, but it doesn't sound like they'll be counting on Garoppolo, who only has an "outside chance" to be ready to go by late January according to Shanahan. The good news for Garoppolo is that he avoided a Lisfranc injury and ligament damage after exiting early in Sunday's win over the Dolphins, though his recovery from a broken foot is expected to take around two months despite not requiring surgery to address the injury. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Tuesday that Garoppolo might be able to return in 7-to-8 weeks if all goes well, which would line up with a return for the divisional or Championship round of the playoffs. Making a deep run in the playoffs won't be an easy task now that the Niners are down to their third starting quarterback of the season.

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Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

QB | SF

Not returning Sunday

Garoppolo (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel

WR | SF

Clear to play Sunday

Samuel (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Philadelphia, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Ready for Sunday

McCaffrey (calf) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

RB | SF

Not on field Friday

Mitchell (groin) wasn't spotted during the media-access portion of Friday's practice, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Expects to play Sunday

McCaffrey (calf), who didn't practice Thursday, told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area that there's "zero" chance that he doesn't play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia.

Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel

WR | SF

Another limited practice

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Samuel (ankle) will be limited at Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Elijah Mitchell

Elijah Mitchell

RB | SF

Won't practice Thursday

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Mitchell (groin) won't take part in Thursday's practice, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.