A Monday morning MRI confirmed the 49ers starting quarterback suffered a torn left ACL in Sunday's 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, per the team. Coach Kyle Shanahan said doctors believe the injury is limited to the ACL and that Garoppolo will under undergo surgery in roughly one to two weeks when the swelling subsides.
"There's not a doubt in my mind that he'll come back next year and be the same guy," Shanahan said.
Garoppolo's setback all but sinks an offense that came into the season with high hopes to compete in a frenzied NFC. San Francisco now advances into the guts of its schedule with second-year passer C.J. Beathard operating as the starter.
Garoppolo was carted off to the locker room -- San Francisco's season along with it, barring an upstart performance from Beathard under center.
Shanahan looms as one of the game's more gifted play-callers, but his offense was stuck in neutral last season before trading a second-round pick to the Patriots for Jimmy G.
Garoppolo hit the scene as a magic man and looked the part again this season. The timing of the injury should ensure his readiness for next year's opener, but those days are far off. Hazy and unknowing.
The present, right now, is a rugged place for Niners fans and this banged-up roster.