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Tom Brady on K&C shows sympathy for Jimmy Garoppolo after apparent ACL tear: 'I feel terrible for him'

Alex Reimer
September 24, 2018 - 10:35 am

Tom Brady has nothing but sympathy for Jimmy Garoppolo after his ex-protege appeared to tear his ACL in the 49ers’ loss to the Chiefs Sunday.

During Brady's weekly interview with “Kirk & Callahan,” the Patriots’ QB said he can relate to the anguish Garoppolo is probably experiencing. Brady tore his ACL in the 2008 season opener, which ironically came against the Chiefs as well.

“I feel terrible for him,” Brady said. “It’s a tough injury. I feel bad for Jimmy, and it's football. Things happen like that. I've been through an ACL. It just sucks. You hate to see people go down, and (Jimmy) is someone I really like and have been friends with since the day he got here. It just sucks to have to go through that.”

On third-and-goal from Kansas City’s 20, Garoopolo was flushed out of the pocket after feeling pressure from Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston. Instead of stepping out of bounds after roughly 13 yards, Garoppolo opted to stay in-bounds, which propelled him to take an awkward step near the sideline with his left leg and collide with Chiefs cornerback Steven Nelson.

San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said after the game the 49ers would know for sure on Monday whether Garoppolo tore his ACL. And the worst part is, the injury likely could've been prevented if Jimmy G just stepped out of bounds.

"That was, I think, that was his fault," Houston told reporters, per ESPN. "I pray he's not hurt and it's nothing serious, but as a quarterback, you should step out of bounds. It's only an inch. An inch (gained) wouldn't have made a difference. You got the yardage you need, you step out of bounds. You've got to be smart, think about your team."

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