Jimmy Garoppolo excused; Deebo Samuel status unclear

The 49ers are gathering this week for a mandatory minicamp, but at least one prominent player will be missing from check-in Tuesday in Santa Clara.

Jimmy Garoppolo has an excused absence, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday morning.

Garoppolo has been rehabbing from shoulder surgery he underwent in March, so he may not have been able to participate much in the minicamp anyway. Then there’s the matter of where he’ll be playing come September, when the NFL season opens.

The 49ers and Garoppolo signaled at the end of last season that he would be traded this offseason. The shoulder surgery, which was expected to keep him from throwing until July, put any trade talks on ice. They’ll warm up again quickly if a starting quarterback somewhere across the NFL is injured in training camp, a possibility the 49ers may be banking on as they hold onto Garoppolo. But if he makes the Week 1 roster, he’ll be due $24.2 million — a steep price for a backup quarterback.

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