Josh McDaniels, coach of the Las Vegas Raiders, reported Thursday that Jimmy Garoppolo, his new star quarterback, did not show up for this week’s practices because he recovers from a foot surgery he underwent last March.
“You won’t see it today. He is going through his recovery process just as we knew he would. Nothing has happened that surprised us based on the information we had,” McDaniels said at a news conference.
The 31-year-old veteran quarterback underwent surgery after signing a three-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders on March 13 in exchange for $67.5 million.
The surgery was necessary to correct the injury he suffered in week 13 of last season when he was still defending the San Francisco 49ers.
The Raiders coach stressed that while they expect the Arlington Heights, Illinois, native to be ready to return to training camp in mid-July, they won’t rush his recovery.
“It could be that date. It will have to be when you are ready. We always talk about being smart, so trying to rush it would be a bad decision.”
It all started with an injury in SF
At the end of the 2022 season, with the 49ers, Garoppolo underwent shoulder surgery that ended up removing him from the starting lineup against rookie Trey Lance. An injury to Lance gave him back the control of the team, which he lost due to the foot problem he suffered in week 13.
Garoppolo came to the NFL selected in the second round of the 2014 Draft by the New England Patriots, where he remained until 2017. There he won two Super Bowl rings as an endorsement of Tom Brady.
He arrived in San Francisco already started the 2017 season. With the Gambusinos he lost Super Bowl LIV to the Kansas City Chiefs.