49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season with knee injury


The San Francisco 49ers just lost the star they hoped would help raise their fortunes.

That's a wrap on Jimmy Garoppolo's 2018 season.

Garoppolo was carted off the field during the fourth quarter of yesterday's 38-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs after his left knee buckled right before making contact with cornerback Steven Nelson.

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.

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

The 49ers quarterback was 20/30 for 251 yards and two touchdown passes, along with 23 rushing yards. His loss is a crushing blow for the Niners, who just signed the 26-year-old to the richest contract in National Football League history this offseason and now must turn to backup quarterback C.J. Beathard to salvage their season.

With Garoppolo on the shelf, San Francisco will hand quarterback duties to C.J. Beathard.

Garoppolo's first full season with the 49ers finishes with 718 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.