The 49ers placed Mullens (elbow) on injured reserve Friday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Mullens suffered a season-ending injury Week 15 that may require Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his right elbow. The true nature of the issue hasn't been confirmed, but the 49ers now have done the expected and opened up a spot on the active roster with his placement on IR. C.J. Beathard will lead the offense for the final two contests of the campaign, with new signee Josh Rosen backing him up.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Mullens may need Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his right elbow, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Regardless of whether surgery is necessary, the 25-year-old quarterback has already been ruled out for the season, and C.J. Beathard will take over under center. Mullens is still being evaluated, but if he needs Tommy John surgery, there's a chance he may be sidelined to begin the 2021 campaign as well.
Mullens is expected to undergo surgery after sustaining a right elbow surgery in Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mullens isn't expected to be available for Saturday's game against the Cardinals, and he would almost certainly be done for the season if he undergoes surgery. Moving forward, C.J. Beathard is in line to be the 49ers' starting quarterback in Week 16, although Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) will return to practice this week and is eligible to play Saturday. If Mullens' season is over, he'll finish with 2,437 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Mullens appeared to suffer an elbow injury late Sunday's 41-33 loss to the Cowboys, leading to his exit from the contest, according to Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. Mullens completed 21 of 36 attempts for 219 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions before suffering the injury on the first play of his team's final drive, which finished in a Hail Mary touchdown thrown by C.J. Beathard. He will likely undergo testing to determine the severity of the injury in the coming hours, but with the 49ers' record now sitting at 5-9, it wouldn't be surprising if Beathard ends up starting next Saturday's matchup with the Cardinals.
Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Mullens will remain the 49ers' starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Dallas, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Mullens continues to put up numbers on a weekly basis, but his six-game run as starter has resulted in a 1-5 record. A depleted roster can partly be to blamed, but he's still committed more turnovers (nine) than touchdown passes recorded (eight) during that stretch. Still, Shanahan plans to roll with Mullens down the stretch with Jimmy Garoppolo in the midst of his recovery from a severe high-ankle sprain.
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