By Jordan Hachey | @JHach6
The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a tough blow Sunday, quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL ending his season and likely any playoff hopes for the 49ers. Adam Schefter first reported the news.
The injury happened in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Garoppolo’s knee buckled during a 13 yard run. Schefter spoke to one 49ers player after the game who said the injury “doesn’t look good.”
Garoppolo had completed 59.6 percent of his passes with five TDs, three interceptions and an average of 8.1 yards per attempt for a 90 passer rating. While he hasn’t been quite as efficient as he was in the final games of the season after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England for a second-round pick, the Niners offense has been better than it was before he took over as quarterback.
Without Jimmy G the Niners will be forced to turn the offense over to backup CJ Beathard. San Francisco struggled under Beathard last season he started five games as a rookie last year, completing 54.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, six interceptions, 19 sacks, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 69.2 passer rating that was second lowest in the NFL.
ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reported that the 49ers are bringing former Texans quarterback Tom Savage in for a workout. Savage played in preseason games for the New Orleans Saints before being before the season started. Savage played in eight games for the Texans last season during that time the Texans went 1-6 and Savage put up 1412 yards and five touchdowns. Lets just say Savage hasn’t inspired confidence during his tenure in the NFL.
Expectations were high in San Francisco this season that the team could end a four-year playoff drought after Garoppolo had a full offseason to immerse himself in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. But with Garoppolo and new running back Jerick McKinnon both knocked out for the season with torn ACLs in September, those high hopes have been put on hold.
Essentially, Garoppolo’s injury was the worst-case scenario for the 49ers in 2018 and their worst fear has come true.