Garoppolo said Wednesday that he expects to wear a brace on his surgically repaired left knee in 2019, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Garoppolo sustained a torn ACL in the knee Week 3 of last season, ending his first full campaign as the 49ers' starting quarterback much earlier than expected. Invested in rehabilitation in the meantime, he's progressed enough in his recovery that he and the team believe he'll be medically cleared by the start of training camp, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. As for the brace, Garoppolo is unsure if it'll be something he wears long term, but he'll at least don one in the fall. The 49ers missed out on the big fish (Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham) on the market this offseason, but the addition of Tevin Coleman bolsters the backfield. Furthermore, the 49ers' receiving corps may be reinforced during April's draft, helping Garoppolo's cause as he returns to the fold.
Coach Kyle Shanahan expects Garoppolo (knee) to receive full clearance for the start of training camp, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Shanahan also said he's optimistic about Garoppolo recording some degree of participation in OTAs, potentially including 7-on-7 drills. The 27-year-old quarterback has stuck around team headquarters to work with the 49ers' training staff throughout much of the offseason as he works his way back from Oct. 3 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. The timing of the injury (Sept. 23) gives Garoppolo a good chance to be ready for Week 1, though it likely will take additional time before he's the best version of himself. The 49ers failed to acquire a No. 1 wide receiver after being mentioned as a possible fit for Odell Beckham and Antonio Brown, but they did at least add some depth with the signings of Jordan Matthews and running back Tevin Coleman.
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.
GM John Lynch noted that Garoppolo -- who "hasn't had any setbacks" -- is "doing really well," with the team hopeful that the QB will be fully cleared by May or June, in time for OTAs. With that in mind, Garoppolo is on track to be ready for training camp, at which time he'll look to build chemistry with the rest of the team's offense, a unit that was keyed in 2018 by TE George Kittle and figures to be bolstered this offseason via free agency, the draft and the return to health of several players bouncing back 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.
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