While we already knew for some time that San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has torn his ACL and won’t be playing football anymore this season, now we have the official confirmation. 49ers’ head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Garoppolo underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee on Wednesday morning.
Shanahan didn’t reveal any further details about the procedure and couldn’t give a time frame about Garoppolo’s return to the field.
“It’s way too early,” – said Shanahan. “When he wakes up and I talk to the doctors who did it, we’ll get some clarity.“
Sources close to 49ers, however, say that the 26-year-old will be out at least seven to nine months. He will join running back Jerick McKinnon, who also tore his ACL in the preseason and is looking towards a lengthy recovery.
Jimmy Garoppolo joined the San Francisco 49ers in October 2017, who sent a second round pick to New England Patriots in order to get him. He had five starts in 2017 season, winning in all five games and ending the year with 1,560 passing yards and seven touchdowns. In the offseason, 49ers signed Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million extension, making him the highest paid player on an annual basis at the time.
In three games he played in 2018, Garoppolo completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 718 yards and five touchdowns. After his injury, 49ers’ turned to backup C.J. Beathard, who passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday’s loss against the LA Chargers, which brought down San Francisco’s record to 1-3.