What 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's knee injury means for his massive contract

Jo Caldwell
September 25, 2018

Garoppolo exited Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a knee injury, and was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Monday following an MRI exam.

It's a devastating blow to the 49ers and their young quarterback, who entered the 2018 season with major expectations.

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In Garoppolo's absence, the Niners initially will turn to C.J. Beathard, whom they surprisingly traded up to select in the third round of the 2017 draft. San Francisco won the final five games last year after Garoppolo took over as starter and the team rewarded him with a $137.5 million, five-year contract.

The 49ers officially lost starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for the season. Garoppolo got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 38-27 loss Sunday when he was scrambling toward the sideline and made a decision to cut up field instead of going out of bounds.

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The 49ers quarterback had to be carted off the field Sunday after his knee appeared to buckle before a vicious hit in a game in which Kansas City was leading 38-27 in the fourth quarter.

Garoppolo was in his first full season with San Francisco, leading the 49ers to a 1-2 record to start the year. He has five passing touchdowns and seven interceptions in his career.

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