Published: Thu, November 30, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

49ers announce Jimmy Garoppolo will start Sunday vs. Bears

The 49ers on Tuesday announced that recently acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will make his first start with San Francisco Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Garoppolo, who played his college ball at Eastern Illinois, was traded to the Niners from the New England Patriots earlier this season.

Garoppolo made his on-field debut for San Francisco late in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He replaced Beathard for the final 1:07, ran for a 4-yard scramble on his first snap, converted a fourth-down pass to Aldrick Robinson (8 yards) before rolling left for a 10-yard touchdown strike to Louis Murphy.

Shanahan made it clear from the start he was in no rush to shove Garoppolo into the lineup, but with each passing week, fans and pundits alike wondered what the team was waiting for.

"He's gotten better", Shanahan said.

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Beathard was injured in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks, which pressed Garoppolo into brief duty.

It's Jimmy Garoppolo time in San Francisco.

Shanahan said Beathard has a knee contusion and a hip strain from a low hit by defensive end Michael Bennett during an incomplete pass on the final drive. Garoppolo, 26, is in his fourth National Football League season.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers offense will likely have a few tricks up their sleeve to work their quarterback investment into the offense and try and pull off the upset for their second win of the season.

"When you're making a long-term decision on someone for your organization, for you to pay him the amount of money that you do for quarterbacks, that's a big deal", Shanahan said.

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