49ers players, coaches hurting after medical director’s death

Niners coaches and players said they were shocked and saddened to hear that team medical director and physician, Dr. Daniel Garza, died at his home Tuesday night.

Garza was a leading researcher in concussion and brain-related injuries at Stanford and had worked for the 49ers since 2007. The cause of death has not been announced.

“He was an A-plus doctor and a friend of everyone in the organization. Tremendous individual,” 49ers defensive coordinator Fangio said.

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