49ers fear QB Garoppolo sustained season-ending ACL injury

49ers fear QB Garoppolo sustained season-ending ACL injury

49ers fear QB Garoppolo sustained season-ending ACL injury

Jimmy Garoppolo's addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. The franchise quarterback was in his first full season as a starter following three-plus seasons as Tom Brady's understudy with the Patriots before he was traded to the 49ers nearly a year ago. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported it was a non-contact injury for the quarterback.

The injury deals a serious blow to the 49ers (1-2), who had planned their rebuild around Garoppolo and now must turn again to C.J. Beathard at quarterback.

Garoppolo started the 49ers' first three games, throwing for 718 yards and five touchdowns this season.

The Kansas City Chiefs' gamble to divest from Alex Smith and hand Patrick Mahomes the reins has been a good one. And after Garoppolo's TD toss to Marquis Goodwin in the third quarter made it 35-24, there was a sense of optimism on the San Francisco sideline.

The nightmare scenario has become real life for the San Francisco 49ers. As of now, the 49ers prognosis is that they may have lost their franchise quarterback to an anterior cruciate ligament tear after being carted off the field. But it ended in a odd sequence that began with Garoppolo taking the shot from Nelson along the sideline, rather than stepping out of bounds and avoiding the hit. 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. CB Richard Sherman left with a calf injury, FS Adrian Colbert hurt his ankle and backup CB Tarvarius Moore left with a wrist injury. Mahomes has has yet to turn the ball over in his first season as an National Football League starter, completing 62-of-93 passes for 896 yards. You step out of bounds.

49ers: Play the Chargers in Los Angeles next Sunday.

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