Things don’t look good for the San Francisco 49ers after Week 3 game against the Kansas City Chiefs. They did not only lose the game 27-38, but there is a possibility that they have lost their quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season.
Late in the fourth quarter, the 26-year-old made a 13-yard run down the left sideline before meeting the Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson. While Garoppolo had a chance to step out of bounds earlier, he extended the run for a few moments and took an awkward step before ramming into Nelson.
Soon after the play, Jimmy Garoppolo left the game and did not return. According to San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, the team is afraid that Garoppolo tore his ACL.
“With Jimmy, we’re fearing ACL. We’ll find out tomorrow. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet. I feel for him.” – said Shanahan after the game.
Garoppolo will undergo further tests on Monday to know the extent of his injury. But the 49ers are already preparing for the worst.
“Anytime you lose your starting quarterback, that is a big deal,” – Shanahan added. “It was when we lost our starting running back [Jerick McKinnon] too. So obviously, I feel for him personally. I know how disappointed he is. I haven’t got a chance to see him yet. I feel for him.“
With Jimmy Garoppolo out, the third-round pick from 2017, C.J. Beathard, will most likely step in as a starting quarterback. Beathard played seven games in his rookie season, passing for 1,430 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.