San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has officially sustained an ACL tear, the team announced shortly after noon on Monday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan will address the media at 4 p.m.
Garoppolo, 26, signed a five-year, $137 million contract after going 5-0 in his first five starts with the 49ers after being traded from the New England Patriots last season.
San Francisco was off to a 1-1 start before Garoppolo, in the midst of engineering a fourth-quarter comeback Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, scrambled on third down and went to cut on his left leg. He crumbled to the ground and took a hit out of bounds.
He underwent an MRI, and was officially declared out for the season on Monday.
Garoppolo had completed 53 of 89 passes this season for 718 yards in three games, with three interceptions. In his first five games last season, he completed 120 of 178 passes for 1,560 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions.
Without Garoppolo — who has a contract out after the 2019 season — or starting back Matt Breida — also out for the season — and with Richard Sherman out for the next several weeks with a calf injury (as reported by the NFL Network), the expectations for 2018 drastically change. What could have been a back door playoff team will now turn to C.J. Beathard, who went 1-4 as the starter last season.
If there’s a silver lining to a 10-14-loss season as opposed to a nine- or 10-win campaign, it’s that San Francisco will have more valuable draft picks headed into next spring. That means the multi-year rebuild under Shanahan and general manager John Lynch will get an injection of talent, as the pair continues to remake the roster.