He’s back — well, sort of.
The 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo rejoined the team Tuesday and has been attending meetings the entire week. The former second-round pick tore his ACL in September.
Garoppolo’s presence has left coach Kyle Shanahan optimistic about the fifth-year player’s recovery.
“It’s been good to have him around,” Shanahan told reporters Friday, via NBC Sports. “He’s still on his crutches and everything, so he’s not going out to practice or anything. But it was good to see his face. Definitely he’s grown his beard out a little bit.
“You can tell he’s been sitting in a hospital or a bed most of the time. But it’s good to have him back in the building. He’s got to make a few more strides just healing from the surgery and things like that, and we’ll get him around a lot more.”
Garoppolo had surgery to repair his ACL in his left knee Oct. 3. The season-ending injury occurred on Sept. 23 against the Chiefs and the long rehab puts Garoppolo’s expected return date at the start of the 2019 season.
“He seems good,” Shanahan said. “Seeing him in the meetings, just talking to him a little bit, I think he’s happy to be back with the team and get back into this with us.”