Jimmy Garoppolo lost his 2018 NFL season very early on after suffering a season-ending knee injury. And we don’t know how well he’ll perform next season when he returns. Of course, we have no idea how the 49ers’ season would’ve gone with him under center. But now it’s all about getting him healthy. And now, reports suggest he has a chance to return to the team by next year’s OTAs. After suffering a torn ACL early in the season, that’s huge.
Via ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, head coach Kyle Shanahan says Garoppolo has a “real good chance” to take a step towards playing again in next May or June.
#49ers coach Kyle Shanahan also said he has been told there's a "real good chance" for QB Jimmy Garoppolo to do some stuff in OTAs during the offseason program in May-June. Shanahan noted it's a bit different for a QB who won't have to do as much running and could throw.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) December 17, 2018
Garoppolo, 27, tore his ACL in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs to end a hopeful year for the gold and red faithful. He only got off to a decent start though, completing 59 percent of his passes for 718 yards, five touchdowns and three picks after a 1-2 start. That’s good for a passer rating of 90.0
San Francisco would attempt to return to glory after trading for Jimmy G. in 2017 with the New England Patriots. And things went pretty well, with Garoppolo winning the team’s final five games as a starter. He would then go on to sign a monster deal for $137.5 million over five years in February.
When the signal-caller went down, C.J. Beathard took over. But not for too long. Now Nick Mullens, 23, is under center and has had brief moments to shine in the San Francisco sun. Across six games, Mullens is completing 64.5 percent of his passes for 1,754 yards, 10 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Mullens and company just upset the heavily favored Seattle Seahawks in overtime this past Sunday, 26-23.