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.
San Francisco general manager John Lynch told Peter King of NBC Sports that he believes Garoppolo (knee) suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's 38-27 loss to the Chiefs. "All indications are that [Garoppolo's ACL is] torn," Lynch said. "Our [medical] guys say they've been wrong before and so they need to do the MRI, obviously." Lynch's comments validate the fears head coach Kyle Shanahan said he had Sunday regarding Garoppolo's knee injury after the quarterback departed in the fourth quarter of the contest. Even if tests clear Garoppolo of any ligament damage, it seems safe to conclude that he'll miss time due to injury, paving the way for C.J. Beathard to start behind center Week 4 against the Chargers. Expect the 49ers to relay a formal diagnosis for Garoppolo's injury shortly after the results of his MRI become available Monday.
Garoppolo is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday, but there are fears he suffered a torn ACL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. If Garoppolo is forced to miss extended time, C.J. Beathard would take over the 49ers' QB duties and the team would no doubt add depth at the position in short order. Prior to his fourth-quarter injury, Garoppolo completed 20 of 30 passes for 251 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while adding 23 yards on three rushes and fumbling on three occasions (none lost).
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