San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that he can't promise that Garoppolo will play this season, Joe Fann of the 49ers' official website reports.

Per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, Shanahan emphasized that the team acquired Garoppolo to improve their organization rather than save their 2017 season. That probably goes without saying for a team has an 0-8 record, but it nonetheless seems the 49ers have every incentive to at least give Garoppolo a look for a few games before the end of the campaign. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, and while a strong showing undoubtedly would raise his price, it also would give the 49ers a better idea of what they'd be getting. C.J. Beathard will start at least one more game and possibly a few more after that, but Garoppolo should get his shot before the season concludes.

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