49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo crusher is now reality

Lynette Rowe
September 24, 2018

Not too much good, a whole lot of bad and too much ugly from the San Francisco 49ers' 38-27 Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Garoppolo was scrambling for additional yardage on a late drive when the injury occurred.

"I got a lot of confidence in him", 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Beathard. I haven't had a chance to talk to him yet. Garoppolo easily could have ran out of bounds - the Niners went for it on fourth down anyway - but instead received a crushing blow from Kansas City safety Steven Nelson in addition to buckling his knee.

Garoppolo scrambled for a 13-yard gain on the fateful play, but it came on 3rd-and-goal from the 20-yard line, and he was almost 10 yards away from the end zone when he tried to plant his foot and cut back near the left sideline.

After the game, teammates wandered from the locker room into an adjacent training room to check on Garoppolo.

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Beathard did not attempt a pass that counted in Sunday's game, though he did start five games as a rookie last season, including San Francisco's first win of the season against the New York Giants. "I feel for him, personally". The Niners are fearing the worst about Jimmy G's knee, and Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston can only blame one man for the terrible development.

"It's huge having already played previous year in six games", Beathard said.

The Niners (1-2) have endured their share of setbacks, losing running back Jerick McKinnon to a torn ACL and veteran cornerback Richard Sherman on Sunday for at least a few weeks with a calf injury.

That's for sure, especially looking at franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

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