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Tuesday’s Mashup: Jimmy Garoppolo gives update on ACL injury after end of 49ers season

Lucy Burdge
January 01, 2019 - 8:18 am

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-- Jimmy Garoppolo opened up on his season-ending ACL injury on Monday following the final game of the 49ers’ 4-12 season, saying his recovery is going well. 

“It feels good,” Garoppolo said of his progress. “Obviously there are some things that we’re limited with. The side-to-side lateral stuff is still questionable, but I’m happy where I’m at now.”

The quarterback started standing on the sideline during the season while unable to play and said that was a strange experience.

“You don’t know how to act or react,” the former Patriot said. “and then once you get onto the field, that 5, 10 minutes before the game is the hardest part because you get all your juices flowing and you’re excited. You try to find the silver lining in everything, but it was tough. I’m not going to lie.”

While the team ended the season with a terrible record, Garoppolo said he is proud of the how they played.

“There’s a lot of fight,” Garoppolo said. “We have a good locker room. Going through a season like we just went through, it’s tough. You can get a lot of guys who start pointing fingers and stuff like that, but whether it was offense or defense or special teams, everyone stayed locked in and stayed the course. It’s good to see that.”

He also said he is most looking forward to playing again in 2019.

“Getting out on the field,” he said. “It’s been a while. It’s that feeling of getting out there with the guys and being in the huddle. Just little things like that. You miss a full season of it, you realize how much you really appreciate it when you do have it … I think there was ups and downs throughout the whole thing like any season. But I think we’re going in the right direction. That’s the encouraging thing. You see young guys coming along and really finding their own way in the NFL and that’s exciting stuff. It will be a fun offseason.”

-- Kyrie Irving was in the holiday spirit last week when he ran into some fans and gave one of them a gift out of his own pocket.

Irving talked to a group of fans in Houston before the Celtics took on the Rockets and after hearing about one man’s struggles with being homeless, Irving gave him $240.

The act of kindness was captured on video and shows the man celebrating after Irving left the scene.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Rest is an important component of having a little extra time, so if we can utilize that then I think our practices and our games will be more productive going forward if we can get a little more gas in the tank.” -- Bill Belichick, to OMF, on the Patriots’ first round bye