injury and return timetable San Francisco 49ers fans and players alike are not going to be laying off on discussions about Jimmy Garoppolo’s knee injury. An ill-advised cut in the final moments of Week 3’s contest against the Kansas City Chiefs is all that was needed to put the quarterback and the optimism out of commission [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-deforest-buckner-jersey]Cheap DeForest Buckner Jersey[/url] , at least for a while.Current starting quarterback C.J. Beathard said on KNBR Wednesday morning that Garoppolo left the team on Tuesday to have his surgery, and will return to the team in a couple weeks. The surgery is just now happening because Garoppolo needed to wait for swelling to go down.Most know what gist ACL injury entails, or at least how debilitating it can be.For some athletes these are career-ending. But what exactly is Garoppolo’s situation in relation to the injury? What’s the surgery? What causes this? A great post over at The Injury Insight goes over all of it and lays it out with Garoppolo in mind. For starters, they go over how exactly the injury happened, bringing up how Garoppolo planted his foot wrong to start everything. They then go into the actual surgery, how common it is, and because of that how surgeons are well prepared to handle it. They even brought up the timeline to Garoppolo’s return: The good news is Garoppolo injured his knee earlier in the season. 10 months may not get him at the front door at the start of training camp, but it would get him in for possibly the middle of it depending on how recovery is going. The article says it’d be by OTAs, but if you’re taking the 10-month timeline, he may not yet be ready—but everyone is different. Also, while there’s a 25 percent chance of re-injuring a torn ACL, this article points out that for a quarterback, the odds are in Garoppolo’s favor to not re-injure the ligament. Start the timer. There’s a lot of good things to take from this analysis and it is far more credible than any speculation we could write, so give it a read to learn all about this injury and what to expect. Whenever a starting quarterback goes down, the approach to filling the void becomes either “next man up” or “next man in.”The 49ers for now will elevate C.J. Beathard to the starting lineup, and also potentially promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. The fact that they’re reportedly working out Tom Savage suggests that they’re at least willing to look elsewhere.So where else could they look? They can sign a free agent, pluck a player from a practice squad, or attempt to pull off a trade. The free-agent options aren’t plentiful, as evidenced by the fact that the name at the top of the call list was Tom Savage.Other free agents presently on the market include Landry Jones, Paxton Lynch, EJ Manuel, and Colin Kaepernick (that’s technically true) [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-kyle-juszczyk-jersey]http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-kyle-juszczyk-jersey[/url] , Garrett Grayson, Josh Woodrum, Kyle Allen, Garrett Gilbert, Nic Shimonek, Luis Perez, Bryce Petty, Peter Pujals, J.T. Barrett, Joe Callahan, Jack Heneghan, Nick Mullens, Austin Allen, Connor Jessop, Matt Barkley, and Austin Davis.Fifteen quarterbacks currently are on practice squads: Davis Webb (Jets), Danny Etling (Patriots), Christian Hackenberg (Bengals), Phillip Walker (Colts), Tanner Lee (Jaguars), Logan Woodside (Titans), Chase Litton (Chiefs) [url=http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-earl-mitchell-jersey]http://www.49erscheapshops.com/cheap-authentic-earl-mitchell-jersey[/url] , Cardale Jones (Chargers), Tyler Bray (Bears), Jake Rudock (Lions), Kurt Benkert (Falcons), Connor Cook (Panthers), Brandon Allen (Rams), Alex McGough (Seahawks), and Chad Kanoff (Cardinals).As trade possibilities go, the Dolphins currently have four quarterbacks on the roster, with Brock Osweiler, David Fales, and Luke Falk behind Ryan Tannehill. The Jets have Josh McCown backing up Sam Darnold; they could trade him and then elevate Davis Webb. The Ravens still have Robert Griffin III, but a Shanahan reunion would be a long shot, to say the least. The Browns have former starter Tyrod Taylor and odd man out Drew Stanton, now that Baker Mayfield is QB1.The Texans have Brandon Weeden (who was cut by the Browns when Shanahan arrived as offensive coordinator) and Joe Webb behind Deshaun Watson. The Broncos have Kevin Hogan behind Case Keenum and Chad Kelly. The Giants have Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta backing up Eli Manning. The Eagles have Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld behind Carson Wentz. The Vikings have Trevor Siemian and Kyle Sloter behind Kirk Cousins.Falcons backup Matt Schaub has spent time with Shanahan in the past, but the Falcons currently have no other backup to Matt Ryan, other than Benkert. With Jameis Winston returning to the Bucs on Tuesday, Ryan Griffin (or maybe even Winston) could be expendable. And the Cardinals have both Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon behind new starter Josh Rosen.Then there are the Saints. They acquired Teddy Bridgewater for a third-round pick from the Jets. Could they flip him to the 49ers for something more than what they gave up? That would depend presumably on how much the 49ers would offer. But it would be odd, to say the least, if the team that got Jimmy Garoppolo for a second-round pick would give up a second-round pick for Bridgewater.The overall options aren’t great for the 49ers. And they’re not great for the networks either. The 49ers are due to play in prime time four times from Week Six through Week 10. Unless they do the completely unexpected and bring back Kaepernick, the NFL can kiss big ratings in those games goodbye.
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