LISTEN: The 49ers' Secret Weapon On Defense →
placeholder image

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Nick Mullens sustained an elbow injury that will require surgery

Dec 22, 2020 at 11:21 AM

Videos are auto-populated by an affiliate. This site has no control over the videos that appear above.
Quarterback Nick Mullens had a poor outing on Sunday in the San Francisco 49ers' playoff-eliminating loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Then he suffered an elbow injury late in the fourth quarter and was replaced by C.J. Beathard.

NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Mullens will likely require surgery, which would end his season.

Moments after the report, head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed the injury on Tuesday and said that Mullens would not play again this season. Tommy John surgery is an option for the quarterback, who is still being evaluated.

"A pretty serious injury," Shanahan said. "We'll let the swelling go down before we exactly decide what to do but he'll be out [for the rest of the season in addition to RB Raheem Mostert]."

Mullens finished Sunday's game 21-of-36 for 219 yards with two touchdowns. He also tossed two interceptions and lost a fumble, providing the Cowboys with enough points off turnovers to earn the upset victory. Mullens was once again among Pro Football Focus' lowest-graded 49ers players for the week.

Beathard finished the game 5-of-7 for 100 yards and completed a Hail Mary touchdown pass in the game's closing seconds. He will likely start on Saturday against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. The team did open the practice window for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Tuesday. However, Shanahan added that he would be very surprised if Garoppolo played on Saturday.

After this weekend's game, San Francisco will finish out its season by hosting the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium on January 3.

Related News

Enjoy this article? Follow us to never miss more!

Powered by


More San Francisco 49ers News

placeholder image

Nick Bosa, 49ers leaders set sights on championship: "It's time to get it done"

By David Bonilla
19 hrs

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa has been to two Super Bowls. Unfortunately, he's been on the losing end of both, with the latest defeat coming in February against the Kansas City Chiefs. Bosa, part of a trio of players who spoke during the 49ers' recent "State of the Franchise" event, was asked to share his thoughts on the upcoming season. His response was telling. "It's time to get it done," Bosa declared. Those few words captured the pass rusher's mentality heading into the 2024 season. After repeatedly being on the doorstep of a championship, including four NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls over the past five seasons, the team is determined to overcome

placeholder image

Nick Sorensen speaks to reporters during 49ers' mandatory minicamp

By Site Staff
Jun 5

The San Francisco 49ers kicked off their mandatory minicamp this week. Defensive coordinator Nick Sorensen spoke to reporters after Wednesday's practice. Here is everything he had to say. Transcript provided by the San Francisco 49ers Communications staff. Of the safeties you have in this camp, who do you think is your best coverage player at safety? "Honestly, you see a lot of them doing a lot of nice things. It's cool to see. You'd love to see [S Talanoa Hufanga] Huf out there, and obviously [S Tashaun Gipson Sr.] Gip is not with us on our team this year. But, it gives those other guys opportunities. Just how [S George Odum] G.O. I think has done a lot of nice things. I think he took a big step last year and seeing him do

placeholder image

49ers Notebook: Deebo Samuel talks trade rumors; Injury updates; Where is Trent Williams?

By David Bonilla
Jun 4

The San Francisco 49ers kicked off the first of two mandatory minicamp practices this week. Some players, like wide receiver Deebo Samuel, are happy to get back on the field and put some of the offseason drama behind them. Before and during the 2024 NFL Draft, Samuel's name was often linked to trade rumors. The 49ers are trying to sign Brandon Aiyuk to a long-term deal that will make him among the highest-paid receivers in the league. It makes sense that the 49ers might think twice about paying two wideouts top-tier money. RELATED: 49ers sign RB Christian McCaffrey to a 2-year extension While Samuel's future beyond 2024 remains unclear, he knows

placeholder image

Six 49ers stars land in NFL merchandise rankings

By David Bonilla
Jun 11

After representing the NFC in last season's Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers are once again poised as championship contenders for the upcoming 2024 season. The team has been to four NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls over the past five seasons. Success begets popularity, as evidenced by the remarkable presence of six 49ers players in the NFLPA's rankings of officially


Trending News

Share 49ersWebzone