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Bye week work could pave way for 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo to start

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As the healthy members of the San Francisco 49ers depart the Bay Area for a much-needed bye week with trips planned all over the country, one notable player is set to stay behind.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will spend most of his week off at the team facility working with quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello and head coach Kyle Shanahan in his on-going efforts to get up to speed in Shanahan's offensive system after three-and-a-half years with the New England Patriots.

In addition to the extra classroom work, Garoppolo will also get the chance to translate what he's learned to the field and throw to pass-catchers who are recovering from injuries or are also new to the team.

Rich and myself will come in here, too, and both of us, but mainly Rich doing most of it," Shanahan said. "I know we have got a number of players here, too, some of the guys who have got to stay back for rehab. Guys like [tight end] George Kittle and [receiver] Trent [Taylor], and I know [wideout Louis] Murphy's going to stay around a little bit. So, weve got some players who can catch some balls for him and stuff like that.

The bonus time for Garoppolo could put him on a trajectory to start the Niners' next game, which is scheduled for Nov. 26 against the Seattle Seahawks. Garoppolo will get that extra week while fellow quarterback C.J. Beathard, the rookie who has started ahead of Garoppolo the past two weeks, is recovering from a right thumb injury.

Beathard, who initially banged his thumb on the helmet of an Arizona Cardinals defender two weeks ago, re-injured it in Sunday's win against the New York Giants when he dived across the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown run. Despite the injury, Beathard was able to finish the game.

Shanahan indicated Monday that the damage to the thumb would not require surgery, but Beathard will need to use this week to recover.

"[He's] pretty banged up," Shanahan said. "He will be sore throughout this week. It will definitely help to let him get some rest because nothing's broken or anything. Make sure no one runs into it over the next week will help, and it should be better next Monday.

Getting Beathard healthy and getting another week of learning for Garoppolo will be important as Shanahan once again intends to institute his week-to-week approach in making a decision on who his starter will be. Like last week, Shanahan indicated the quarterback who fares better in practice after the bye will start against Seattle.

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