It didn’t look good when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a knee in the team’s Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:
The Jimmy Garoppolo injury. He should've stepped out.pic.twitter.com/u8zmPT6GJq
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 23, 2018
And on Monday, the 49ers’ worst fears were realized.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets that an MRI confirmed Garoppolo tore his ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. The injury ends Garoppolo’s first full season with the 49ers, who acquired him in a trade with the New England Patriots in late October 2017. And while he didn’t start right away, Garoppolo impressed in a five-start sting completing 67.4 percent of his attempts, passing for 1,560 yards, and throwing more touchdowns (7) than interceptions (5) while posting a 96.2 passer rating. San Francisco moved quickly to retain Garoppolo, making him the NFL’s highest-paid player (albeit for a short time) back in February.
San Francisco now turns to C.J. Beathard (again) to start under center. The 49ers chose Beathard in the third round (104th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, but the team went 1-4 in his starts. Beathard completed just 54.9 percent of his passes, threw more interceptions (6) than touchdowns (4), and put up a 69.2 passer rating in the seven games in which he appeared. A leg injury suffered in Week 11 of the 2017 season shelved Beathard and thrust Garoppolo into a starting role. Now, it’s Beathard taking over for Garoppolo for the foreseeable future.
The Bears are scheduled to square off against the 49ers in Week 16, but the road game that would have featured a Garoppolo-Mitch Trubisky rematch will have to wait for another day.