There’s good news under center for the 49ers.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he feels really good ahead of training camp after missing almost the entire 2018 season because of injury.
Garoppolo had surgery to repair the ACL in his left knee in October after playing just three games with San Francisco last year. He has recently been cleared and is “good to go.”
He even had one snap in 11-on-11 drills during OTAs.
“The rehab process has gone really well,” Garoppolo told ProFootballTalk. “Knock on wood. We haven’t had any setbacks. OTAs went about as well as I could have hoped for and now for training camp hopefully we’ll be full go with team drills and all that stuff.
“We’re moving in the right direction. We’ve just got to keep going day by day and keep stacking them together. It’s a long process, but we’ve come this far, so why stop now, right?”
Garoppolo’s season-ending injury occurred on Sept. 23 against the Chiefs and he’s long been expected to return at the start of the 2019 season.
“I’m sure hoping so,” he said. “The training staff, the coaches, we’ve kind of put together a plan and everything like that. We’ll kind of assess the situation as we get closer to it.”
Garoppolo spent the past two years with the 49ers, playing in nine games with eight starts over that time.
He has a career completion rate of 65.4% and has thrown 17 touchdowns over five seasons.