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Adrian Colbert expected to miss game, needs surgery; C.J. Beathard does not

Colbert needs to have a procedure on his broken thumb, while Beathard’s thumb came back showing no fracture.

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed that Adrian Colbert sustained a broken thumb in Sunday’s win over the New York Giants, and also confirmed that the safety will require a procedure to heal properly.

Speaking at his Monday press conference, Shanahan said that there’s a “chance” that Colbert will be able to wear a cast and play in the team’s next game, against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 26. That comes after a bye week. However, he also noted that it’s more likely Colbert misses that game and is back for the following week against the Chicago Bears.

Shanahan also confirmed that recent signing Antone Exum Jr. would likely be the next man up if Colbert misses time. Colbert started and played very well against the Giants, so getting him back sooner than later should be the top order, though obviously the 49ers want him to have ample time to heal.

The team also confirmed that rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard did not sustain a fracture in his thumb, and is good to go despite the beating he’s taken over the past few weeks. It’s unclear when the 49ers will start Jimmy Garoppolo, but for now, it isn’t happening because of an injury.