Coach Kyle Shanahan is pleasantly surprised by how fast Garoppolo (knee) has progressed in his rehab from a torn ACL, KNBR Radio's Taylor Wirth reports. "[Garoppolo] was running around, throwing, doing some stuff out of the pocket," Shanahan said Friday. "I even had to call our trainer and ask 'should he be moving that much?' and he said he should be. It's cool to see." 49ers general manager John Lynch was similarly optimistic a week earlier, noting that Garoppolo could receive full medical clearance as soon as May or June. If nothing else, the timing of the injury (Sept. 23) should allow the 27-year-old quarterback to get back on the practice field for the start of training camp in late July. There's a long history of quarterbacks displaying reduced mobility the season after an ACL tear, but Garoppolo still figures to enter 2019 with plenty of hype, especially if the 49ers use their impressive collection of cap space and draft picks to add more pass-catching help alongside superstar tight end George Kittle.
Garoppolo (knee) was recently seen throwing at the 49ers' facility for the first time since suffering a torn ACL on Sept. 23, Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee reports. General manager John Lynch noted that Garoppolo "hasn't had any setbacks" in his recovery from surgery and is "doing really well," with the team hopeful that the quarterback will be fully cleared by May or June in advance of OTAs. With that in mind, Garoppolo shouldn't face significant limitations -- if any -- during training camp, at which time he'll look to build chemistry with the rest of the team's offense. The 49ers will bring back an emerging star at tight end in George Kittle and will likely bolster their receiving group via free agency and the draft along with returning multiple wideouts from injury.
Garoppolo relayed Monday that his rehabilitation from a torn ACL in his left knee is going well, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "It feels good," Garoppolo said. "Obviously there are some things that we're limited with. The side-to-side lateral stuff is still questionable but I'm happy where I'm at now." Garoppolo managed just three appearances before suffering the serious knee injury near the conclusion of a Week 3 loss at Kansas City on Sept. 23, forcing him to injured reserve on Sept. 26 and thrusting him into recovery mode after surgery on Oct. 3. He didn't need any crutches whatsoever by Nov. 21, when he viewed practice as a spectator, and was able to take in games from the sideline for the final month-plus of the regular season. If his eight starts with the 49ers is extrapolated over 16 games, his line reads 4,520 yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions on 64.5 percent passing, which translates to a 92.7 quarterback rating. Improved personnel at the skill positions and more familiarity with the weapons around him will help Garoppolo's development, which he expects to continue at some point during OTAs in May and June.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo (knee) has a "real good chance" to get some work during OTAs in May and June, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee on Sept. 23, underwent surgery on Oct. 3 and had ditched crutches entirely by Nov. 21. After Deshaun Watson suffered a similar injury in practice on Nov. 2, 2017, he progressed to all drills but 11-on-11 team work by mid-June en route to suiting up Week 1 of this season. If Garoppolo does something similar, he'll be on pace for a return in the 2019 regular-season opener, with the pecking order behind him likely Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard.
Garoppolo remains on crutches but is closing in on the pool stage of his rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports. Recoveries from ACL tears have a vast range of timetables, but the only thing that Garoppolo is certain of is when he'll be able to get off crutches. He's approximately two weeks from reaching that point as he aims to follow in the footsteps of DeShaun Watson this year and be available for the 2019 regular-season opener. While Garoppolo enters the early stages of rehab, the 49ers will continue to put the ball in C.J. Beathard's hands.
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