Sources: Garoppolo avoids Lisfranc, could return

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Niners QB Jimmy Garoppolo doesn't need surgery on his broken foot and could return in 7-8 weeks, opening the door to a possible playoff return, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Sources: 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo might be OK for playoffs play Could Jimmy G make a postseason return? (1:17) Dan Orlovsky and Ryan Clark wonder if the 49ers would re-insert Jimmy Garoppolo deep in the playoffs if Brock Purdy leads them there. (1:17) 4:34 PM ET ESPN San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo 's broken foot will not require surgery and there is a chance he could return this season, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Doctors concluded Tuesday that Garoppolo did not suffer a Lisfranc injury to his broken left foot, and if rehab goes smoothly, he could have a chance to return in 7-8 weeks, making him a potential playoff contributor, sources said. Garoppolo was injured eight plays into Sunday's win over the Miami Dolphins . He had started every game since Trey Lance was lost for the season to an ankle injury in September. Garoppolo has gone 7-3 as a starter this season. The Niners will now rely on rookie Brock Purdy , who went 25-of-37 for 210 yards and two scores with an interception for a passer rating of 88.8 in relief of Garoppolo on Sunday. Editor's Picks 1 Related San Francisco also signed veteran backup quarterback Josh Johnson off the Denver Broncos ' practice squad. The team did not put in a waive claim for Baker Mayfield , sources said. Mayfield was claimed by the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday. The 49ers face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. Information from ESPN's Nick Wagoner was used in this report.