49ers lose Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending knee injury

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo who tore his ACL while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City Sunday will need season-ending surgery on his injured left knee

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The 49ers will now look to backup C.J. Beathard to turn their season around.

The 49ers will have to add a third quarterback either to the 53-man roster or the practice squad, and ESPN reported that the team would host former Texans passer Tom Savage, 28, who has started nine games since entering the league in 2014, for a workout.

Jimmy Garoppolo's MRI Monday revealed what the San Francisco 49ers had originally feared, as the team confirmed he suffered a torn left ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

The Niners struggled with Beathard and Brian Hoyer last season before the midseason addition of Garoppolo changed their fortunes. Beathard is now the only other quarterback on San Francisco's roster, so he'll presumably start in Garoppolo's absence barring a trade or free-agent signing.

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In three games this season, Garoppolo threw five touchdowns with three interceptions, as the Niners head into Week 4 with a 1-2 record.

Garoppolo's ousting is the 49ers second loss after top running back Jerick McKinnon, who endured a season-ending knee injury last month.

Expectations were high in San Francisco this season that the team could end a four-year playoff drought after Garoppolo had a full offseason to immerse himself in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense. "It really helps having gone through it and having that experience".

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