Shanahan backs Jimmy G as Niners' starting QB

6:09 PM ET

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Whether injured San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo plays again this season remains to be seen as he recovers from a high right ankle sprain.

But coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Tuesday, albeit with a dose of wiggle room, that whether it’s this year or next, Garoppolo will be back under center at some point for the Niners.

“I expect Jimmy to be our starter next year,” Shanahan said. “I expect him to come and play with us this year. We have six games left, we are not out of the playoffs yet. I have been on a team that was 3-6 going into a bye week that ended up winning their division. I think we have guys on this team that are capable of finishing this the right way. We’ve got to do it one game at a time, and I hope Jimmy can be a part of that.

“But to think that we’ve made any decisions on anybody going into the future isn’t the case. Jimmy has won a lot of games for us. It’s a lot harder to win games when he’s not here. Just hoping we can get him

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