The 49ers seemed poised for a breakout season in 2018. They had a freshly signed franchise quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo and a free agent running back to balance their attack.
But RB Jerick McKinnon tore his ACL before the campaign began, and Garoppolo suffered the same injury Week 3 against the Chiefs. San Francisco finished with a 4-12 record.
General manager John Lynch updated the rehab process of both players from Mobile, Ala., where the 49ers coaching staff is getting a close look at some of the best NFL prospects in the country.
“I know that both their rehabs are going exceptionally well,” Lynch said, according to The Mercury News’ Matt Schneidman. “Neither have had any setbacks in terms of swelling or anything like that … They’re really relying on each other.”
Both players should be ready for training camp, per Schneidman.
The 49ers didn’t get their money’s worth in 2018 with Garoppolo — he signed a five year, $137 million contract before the season began, after looking good in limited action in 2017. His cap number was an incredible $37 million last year, per spotrac, but his salary will go down to $19 million in 2019.
San Francisco is counting on Garoppolo to be their franchise quarterback and leader, so it’s a must that his rebab goes smoothly. McKinnon, whose rehab is ahead of schedule, per Schneidman, will also be counted on heavily. They’re not back yet, however, so this is a situation to keep an eye on.