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Jimmy Garoppolo injured his right thumb in San Francisco’s loss to Tennessee last week and his status for the 49ers game this week is uncertain.

Garoppolo missed practice Monday due to the injury sustained in the first half of last Thursday’s loss to Tennessee and coach Kyle Shanahan said the team would have a better idea of ​​his availability later in the week for Sunday’s game against Houston.

The 49ers (8-7) currently hold a wildcard spot in the NFC.

“It’s a sprained thumb, so I think you know what it is,” Shanahan said. “It didn’t go well today. He wasn’t able to pitch today and we’ll see how it goes on Wednesday. I hope it gets better.”

Shanahan said Garoppolo suffered a sack injury in the second quarter when he fell to the ground but stayed in the game. Shanahan said he believed the injury played a role in the third quarter interception that saw Tennessee score the first touchdown.

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Garoppolo was able to lead a tie race, but San Francisco lost 20-17 to the Titans.

If Garoppolo is unable to play, rookie Trey Lance would get his second start of the season. The Niners traded three first-round picks to draft Lance third overall in April, but Lance has only played five lost-time snaps since the start of Week 5 in Arizona.

Lance scored 15 for 29 for 192 yards with an interception in the 17-10 loss and also ran 16 times for 89 yards. Lance injured his knee in that game and has shown positive signs in training.

“I think this last month for Trey has been his best four consecutive weeks of training since we’ve had him,” said Shanahan. “He’s had a number of good days and he’s had bad days, like most guys, but when it comes to his consistency I think last month was his best.”

NOTES: LB Azeez Al-Shaair (sprained knee) is expected to miss the last two games of the regular season. … DT DJ Jones (ankle) will be limited this week. … RB Elijah Mitchell (knee) could return this week. … The Niners also placed P Mitch Wishnowsky on the COVID-19 list. … San Francisco signed LB Tyrell Adams to the practice squad.

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