CJ Beathard will be in line to start right away, but head coach Kyle Shanahan did say the team needed a third quarterback in the building. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it".
The 49ers quarterback had to be carted off the field Sunday after his knee appeared to buckle before a vicious hit in a game in which Kansas City was leading 38-27 in the fourth quarter. The Niners struggled with Beathard last season before the midseason addition of Garoppolo changed their fortunes. San Francisco won the final five games last year after Garoppolo took over as starter and the team rewarded him with a $137.5 million, five-year contract. He is set to earn an average of $27.5 million per season over the contract's full five-year term, ranking fourth in National Football League history. It's likely that Nick Mullens, who is now on the practice squad, will be promoted to the active roster at some point and will serve as the team's backup, at least for the upcoming game. You see it every Sunday.
Garoppolo had gone 20-of-30 for 251 yards for two touchdown and no interceptions before leaving the game. He has five passing touchdowns and seven interceptions in his career. "I think C.J. got a lot of experience a year ago. He got thrown into as tough a situation as I could imagine a rookie quarterback being thrown in and the guy didn't blink".