49ers Fear Serious Knee Injury For Jimmy Garoppolo

Lynette Rowe
September 25, 2018

He was carted to the locker room and afterwards the 49ers feared the worst, which was confirmed Monday.

The 49ers officially lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the season.

Garoppolo suffered a non-contact injury to his left knee as he attempted to absorb a hit from Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson near the end of the 49ers' 38-27 loss.

The Chiefs' defense responded by sacking Garoppolo on consecutive plays before flushing him from the pocket on the third-and-goal from the 20-yard line.

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Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season. Beathard is now the only other quarterback on San Francisco's roster, so he'll presumably start in Garoppolo's absence barring a trade or free-agent signing.

The Niners struggled with Beathard and Brian Hoyer last season before the midseason addition of Garoppolo changed their fortunes.

Coming into this season, Garoppolo was 7-0 in his career between the New England Patriots and the 49ers with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. San Francisco won the final five games last year after Garoppolo took over as starter and the team rewarded him with a $137.5 million, five-year contract.

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