49ers fear Garoppolo suffered ACL injury

Garoppolo carted to locker room with knee injury

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John Lynch and the 49ers are holding their collective breath, as their huge offseason investment has gone down with a what looks like a knee injury after a dirty hit by Chiefs defender Steven Nelson. A knee injury late in a game against the Seattle Seahawks allowed Garoppolo into the game before taking over for good the following week against the Chicago Bears.

"I feel for him personally". Afterwards, he was carted off the field, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Niners feared it was a torn ACL.

Losing Garoppolo means losing the catalyst for the optimism entering the season.

Shanahan acknowledged a quarterback move is likely, though Beathard is line to start next week in Los Angeles.

Garoppolo's family was visibly shaken near the locker room after the game.

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"Any time you lose your starting quarterback", Shanahan said, "that is a big deal".

In the offseason, even as the Niners were committing to Garoppolo, Beathard ventured to Nashville with teammates George Kittle and Trent Taylor and a few other National Football League players to train.

"I just see in his face", Foster said. "And C.J. ain't no roody-poo". So I'm not anxious about that at all. "We're going to fight for you, no matter what'".

While Beathard's numbers - 1,430 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions and a passer rating of 69.2 - weren't impressive, he won over teammates and coaches with his toughness and willingness to stand in the pocket and fire passes as he took hits from all angles.

Mahomes threw for 4 touchdowns in the Chief's opener against the Los Angeles Chargers, then he went for he tied a team record the following week with 6 touchdown scores, bringing his total to 10 leading up to this afternoon's matchup with the 49ers.

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