SANTA CLARA — The 49ers may already have made the transition to Jimmy Garoppolo without actually intending to.
With 1:07 left in their 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback C.J. Beathard threw an incomplete pass to Carlos Hyde in the flat. While Beathard released the ball, he took a hit from Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.
The play didn’t count. Bennett lined up in the neutral zone and jumped offsides before the center snapped the ball — a 5-yard penalty against Seattle. But the hit counted. It knocked Beathard out of the game.
Bennett hit Beathard in his left knee. Beathard felt pain shoot from his knee to his hip as he lay on the ground and players from both teams gathered around him. The injury seemed serious. He will have an MRI today to see just how serious the injury is.
After a couple of minutes, Beathard stood up and walked off the field. Suddenly, fans began to cheer. Not because Beathard could walk. They were cheering for Garoppolo, whom they see as the 49ers’ savior. He was coming in.
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