49ers news: Jimmy Garoppolo has season-ending surgery; Josh Johnson signed to practice squad
The atmosphere was dark in San Francisco the 49 In the locker room and postgame, the team struggled to manage its emotions after losing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo will miss the season and have surgery on his foot because he “broke a few things.” Shanahan said the 49ers should add another quarterback without Garoppolo: “We know we have to at least get somebody else in.”
Shanahan continued, “We’ll see going forward, but we’ve got a resilient team. We’ve got a solid team. Guys that love football. I’ve got to make sure we ride that high all year long and hopefully that makes us better.”
Kyle Juszczy said, “It’s crazy, man. I feel so bad for him and everything he has had to go through. I feel like we’ve been down this road so many times.”
As Christian McCaffrey added, “it is anchored. I haven’t been here long, but I can’t say enough good things about it.”
You can’t help but root for Jimmy, who was playing the best ball of his life. But, after the game, Nick Bosa said he felt like Garoppolo was making another leap as a leader and really taking command of the team.
San Francisco signed Josh Johnson to the practice squad. This is Johnson’s third season with the 49ers.
Shanahan thanked Brock Purdy, who also spoke after the game. Purdy, who has been playing against the 49ers’ first-team defense for the past two months, said he prepares every week like it’s the starter.
Like most other Niners, Fred Warner echoed Shanahan’s confidence: “Expert to be so young. You see him making passes without looking and putting the ball where it needs to be.’
Warner used an example from Friday’s practice to highlight why the team believes in Purdy:
Fred Warner says Brock Purdy is advanced from a rookie’s confidence and awareness perspective. Warner praised Purdy’s competitiveness, saying he had the “it” factor. Here is a practical example using Warner Purdy pic.twitter.com/411qeJ70eK
— KP (@KP_Show) December 5, 2022
They threw out all the clichés. Nick Bosa said Purdy has “the dog” in him.
We’ll see which veterans the 49ers bring in. We will throw out some names on Monday morning. It may sound ridiculous to some, but the 49ers are 8-4, flirting with the No. 1 seed and in first place in their division.
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