Justin Houston says Jimmy Garoppolo should have stepped out of bounds


If there's any quarterback in the National Football League who knows what kind of rehab Jimmy Garoppolo is about to go through, it's Tom Brady.

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. "We'll find out for sure tomorrow".

"I feel bad for him", Brady said. "I told him I'll be praying for him and I love him and he just told me to lead these guys".

Garoppolo is going to miss the rest of the 2018 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the 49ers' 38-27 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Garoppolo's attempt to extend a play by a yard or two ended up costing him considerably, as his knee buckled below Nelson's hit.

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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.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Garoppolo will undergo an MRI on Monday. You got the yardage you need, you step out of bounds.

Beathard appears likely to start for the 49ers next week against the Chargers, and Shanahan backed the second-year pro, who started five games last season. Cornerback Richard Sherman left the game with a calf injury, while his replacement Jaquiski Tartt also exited early with an apparent wrist injury. "It's a team you have to stay disciplined on and play your assignment".

Backup quarterback C.J. Beathard, who finished out the game for the 49ers, said he talked to Garoppolo in the training room after the game.