There was only 5:17 left, but rather than go for it on fourth-and-goal at the Kansas City 25, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan elected to kick a field goal - keeping it a two-possession game. An MRI is scheduled for Monday.
Garoppolo scrambled for a 13-yard gain on the fateful play, but it came on 3rd-and-goal from the 20-yard line, and he was almost 10 yards away from the end zone when he tried to plant his foot and cut back near the left sideline.
The franchise quarterback was in his first full season as a starter following three-plus seasons as Tom Brady's understudy with the Patriots before he was traded to the 49ers nearly a year ago. Garoppolo came into action having thrown for 467 yards and three touchdowns. The Niners are fearing the worst about Jimmy G's knee, and Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston can only blame one man for the terrible development. He took an awkward step near the sideline with his left leg before ramming into Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson at Kansas City's 7. "I feel for him, personally". On the play after Garoppolo's injury, Beathard hit Kittle for a would-be touchdown, though it was erased by an offensive pass interference call against the Niners.
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With Garoppolo feared lost for the season, it appears that C.J. Beathard will reassume the starting job he lost about a month after Garoppolo was acquired in a trade past year from the Patriots.
"Hopefully, he can recover and heal as quickly as possible", Beathard said. The 49ers are 1-2 this year.
In the team's first practice after the end of the preseason, running back Jerick (Jet) McKinnon sustained a torn ACL and was lost for the season.