Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t ‘stick it’ to 49ers with shoulder surgery

Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Jimmy Garoppolo’s doctors did right by 49ers QB

OK, so we’re no medical experts here. And you’re not either (unless you are, of course).

But it’s common practice for physicians to wait and see if injuries heal themselves before opting for a medical procedure. This is what happened with Jimmy Garoppolo’s sprained thumb, which initially caused speculation it would need surgery but ultimately healed on its own.

The shoulder, however, did not.

This is something John Lynch told NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan, too, saying:

"I think the plan from everyone — from our docs, from the second opinion doc — was, “let’s try to let rehab fix this.” And that was the overwhelming thought, that it would. When he went back for the next visit, the decision was made that it wasn’t improving and that they were going to take that course of action."

Additionally, helping corroborate the notion, Niner Noise alumnus and Striking Gold Podcast host Rob Lowder said the same thing on the Niner Noise Podcast about rehab first, then surgery when evaluating these kinds of injuries.

Maybe it’s a bigger case of bad luck and timing with regard to the injury, although that’s far less juicy than conspiracy theories and attempts at “getting back” at the Niners for putting Garoppolo on the trade block.

Even if it was intentional, by only the slightest of margins, Don Yee could have potentially cost his client millions upon millions.