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NFC Notes: 49ers, Packers, Vikings

49ers

49ers GM John Lynch said during an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area that they believe Jimmy Garoppolo has “big-time ability” but they still plan to let things play out.

“We know what we like about Jimmy Garoppolo. And that’s only been strengthened by the time that’s he’s been here,” Lynch said. “We’re just going to let these things play out. That’s in Kyle’s hands. People have had all these ideas about why we got Jimmy. We got Jimmy because we think he has big-time ability at the quarterback position. And we believe so much – to get where we need to get – you have to have a franchise quarterback. We think he’s got that ability. Whether that happens, when that happens, we’ll see. But we certainly like his future with the 49ers. … They’re going to work hard during this week to get him up to speed. But right now, we don’t need him. C.J. [Beathard] just played a great game and his teammates really believe in him. We think it’s nothing but a good situation.”

Packers

Packers HC Mike McCarthy told reporters on Thursday that QB Aaron Rodgers is “making really good progress” in the rehab from his broken collarbone.

“I think he’s making really good progress,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN. “I know the training staff and the strength and conditioning staff are very pleased with where he is. He’s moving right along.”

Rodgers did, however, reiterate to Jason Wilde in a text message that nothing has changed with his timetable to return.

“It was just good being back on the practice field,” Rodgers said. “Schedule hasn’t changed. Out eight weeks. Only back if it’s completely healed.

Vikings

Vikings rookie RB Dalvin Cook told reporters on Thursday that his ACL rehab has been “going good.

“I feel great, man. The rehab’s been going good,” Cook said, per Chris Tomasson. “I’ve been taking steps day by day. This process here, you got to kind to take yourself to another level, challenge yourself every day so that’s the only way you’re going to get it better.”

Cook explained that he immediately knew something was wrong when he went to make a cut against the Lions.

“When I made a cut. I never had a leg injury except for like a hamstring,” Cook said, per Tomasson. “It was kind of like a funny feeling when I felt it. I kind of knew something was wrong but it just wasn’t hurting and I just keep telling the trainers I’m good.

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