Both Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch said that if Jimmy Garoppolo didn’t practice on Friday, Nick Mullens would make his second consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday night. When practice began Friday afternoon, Garoppolo was nowhere in sight.
That indicates that Mullens will start vs. the Eagles on Sunday night, as Garoppolo continues to rehab his ankle injury, that kept him out of practice all week. This will be Mullens’ 10th career NFL start.
Though it is yet to be confirmed, here’s what Shanahan said earlier this week regarding what it would take for Garoppolo to return on Sunday:
“No, he’s just got to be able to be healthy in terms of he can run around and protect himself, make throws,” Shanahan said. “Anytime you’re dealing with an ankle, you might feel all right when you’re standing there, but can you move around and get into the awkward positions without hurting yourself?
“That’s really what we’d have to see. It would be tough for us to see that and truly judge that if he didn’t get into practice. So, hopefully can get out there for at least one live period and we have those all the way up until Friday. So, we’ve just got to see that he’s healthy, but that won’t be able to happen if we can’t get him in practice.”