SANTA CLARA COUNTY, Calif. (KTVU) - The 49ers have confirmed Jimmy Garoppolo has a torn ACL.
The 49ers feared quarterback Garoppolo suffered an ACL injury while trying to lead a comeback against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed after the game.
Garoppolo had an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.
While trying to lead a comeback in the fourth quarter, rather than go out of bounds, Garoppolo tried to extend the play and took a big hit from Chiefs Steven Nelson. The quarterback was carted off the field.
He completed 20 of 30 passes for 251 yards and two touchdowns before leaving the 38-27 loss.
The injury is a massive blow to the 49ers offense. He represented the center of the team’s turnaround. The 49ers signed Garoppolo to a five-year, $137.5 million contract this last offseason.
Garoppolo’s knee injury was the talk of Monday Night Football banter at the Old Pro sports bar in Palo Alto.
“I think the 49ers are in trouble,” said Kevin Newton of Los Altos. “They need to find a replacement quick but I think it's a lost season now.”
“I’ve seen the replay,” said Niua Ulukivailoa of Palo Alto. “I’ve seen it once. I didn't want to see it again.”
Talking to the media, Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo's taking the MRI results as best as he can.
“It’s very unfortunate,” said 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan. “I’m not going to sugarcoat it. It was hard waking up today. We were down, disappointed about it. We were looking forward to a lot playing with Jimmy this year.”
The team now plans to start backup quarterback CJ Beathard. One person the team isn't bringing back former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“I always look into what style of offense I want to do and the style of offense we've been doing the last two years,” said Shanahan. “CJ is our guy.”
49er faithful said, they haven't lost all faith.
“I have faith,” said Ryan Tampueco of Newark. “I expect a couple wins but nothing like it was when we had Jimmy G.”
“We are faithful to the end,” said Marcus Hyde of Menlo Park. “We are always going to be faithful. We are always going to be hoping for the best. I’m excited to see them play. The season isn't over.”
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