​Just when things were starting to look up for the San Francisco 49ers, they have fallen right back to reality.


After acquiring quarterback of the future Jimmy Garoppolo from the New England Patriots at the trade deadline, 49ers fans were suddenly feeling a bit better about things. But San Francisco general manager John Lynch announced Thursday night that wide receiver Pierre Garcon will be placed on the injured reserve due to a neck injury, effectively ending his season.

​​Not the news the Niners needed, as they are now without their No. 1 receiver for the remainder of the year. The ten-year veteran suffered the injury in Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he was hit late out of bounds and collided with Eagles defensive coach Ken Flajole on the sidelines. 


Garcon was signed to a five-year, $47.5 million contract this offseason to be a veteran presence on a rebuilding squad.

This season, Garcon had hauled in 40 catches for 500 receiving yards.


With his absence, expect Marquise Goodwin and tight end George Kittle to receive an uptick in targets for the rest of the way.


Regardless, losing Garcon for the year just makes things that much worse for the still-winless 49ers.