San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could make his debut in Week 12 against the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN reporter Adam Schefter.
Although the 49ers denied any decision on Garoppolo has been made, an anonymous source told Schefter the team will use its bye week to prepare Garoppolo for that game.
The 49ers, behind rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard, won their first game of the season on Sunday against the New York Giants, 31-21. Beathard injured his thumb in the game and will be evaluated by team doctors. The 49ers are off until a Nov. 26 home game against Seattle.
San Francisco (1-9) plays the Bears (3-6) in Chicago on Dec. 3.
After the win, San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters the team had not made a decision on Garoppolo starting against Seattle: "No, that never was the plan. As I told you guys, I'm taking it week by week so I don't have to really pause on everything. … We'll continue to work with Jimmy over the bye week here and there. We'll have a bonus practice next Monday to get everyone loose, and we'll see where it goes from there. It's not just about C.J. or just about Jimmy. There's a lot of things that go into it."
Garoppolo, an Arlington Heights native, was traded Oct. 30 to San Francisco by the New England Patriots for a second-round pick. The Rolling Meadows High School grad, who set passing records at Eastern Illinois University, has served as Beathard's backup since the trade. At New England, Garoppolo started two games over three seasons as a backup to Tom Brady.
• Bob LeGere contributed to this report. Follow him on Twitter @BobLeGere.