A season that started with so much promise for the San Francisco 49ers has fallen victim to failed expectations. The Niners sit at 1-2 fresh off a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3, but it's the status of their $137 million investment that ought to concern the team moving forward.
Jimmy Garoppolo was carted off the field with a knee injury after attempting to avoid contact on a scramble. While it was a non-contact injury, the Niners feared the worst with Jimmy G. Sadly those fears have been realized, and Garoppolo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
MRI showed what 49ers feared: Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL and his season is over, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 24, 2018
With Garoppolo out for the remainder of the year, CJ Beathard will step in as the starting QB. Originally a mid-round draft pick out of Iowa, Beathard has yet to show much promise in game action, but clearly has given the Niners some inclination he can be a consistent option as a backup.
There it is. As of right now, CJ Beathard is the 49ers’ top QB. No we’ll see what corresponding move the team makes at the position — that’ll be the big indicator of how they view this 2018 season and the big picture here. https://t.co/2SMWkqLUWk— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) September 24, 2018
Unless the 49ers make a corresponding move, Beathard will be called upon next week against the Chargers. San Francisco faces an uphill climb to contention in the NFC West.