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Jimmy Garoppolo will surely be asked by his former New England Patriots teammate Tom Brady to talk about it.
That was the case Monday, a day after Garoppolo was forced into action when Trey Lance suffered a season-ending broken right ankle in the 49ers’ 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium.
“[I’m] I am obviously very sorry for Trey [Lance],” Brady said on SiriusXM’s “Let’s Go!” podcast with host Jim Gray on Monday. “And I followed Jimmy that whole season, you know, kind of in his rehab and I knew Jimmy pretty well. I’ve known Jimmy since he was a rookie and Jimmy and I have been friends for a long time. And seeing him firsthand, how he handles his own adversity, it’s going to really prepare him for what’s ahead. It’s interesting in the NFL, you know, when one door closes I think another one opens. another one.
“I think Jimmy and everyone else was determined to be somewhere else. And the fact of the matter is that they found a place where they could agree on something that worked for both parties and sure enough the first game was Jimmy out there playing with Trey getting lost. And as hard as it is for Trey to be hurt, Jimmy steps in and does a great job. So I think everyone is probably pretty happy with how things turned out from Jimmy’s side. Obviously not with Trey and the injury. But things have a crazy way of working out.
“… You never know when that opportunity is going to come and when you get it, you have to go out and take advantage of it. So I was really happy for Jimmy to go in there and do a great job yesterday.”
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Another strange twist happened on Sunday when Lance suffered the injury late in the first quarter. Garoppolo, who didn’t expect to be on the 49ers’ roster, put on his helmet and assumed his old role as San Francisco’s quarterback.
Garoppolo expected the 49ers to trade him this offseason after deciding to make Lance the starting quarterback. But when no agreement was reached before the start of the season, the 49ers and Garoppolo worked out a contract agreement in which he took a pay cut to remain on the 53-man roster as Lance’s backup. The new agreement includes bonuses that allow Garoppolo to earn much of the money he gave back by playing and winning games.
A year after helping the 49ers reach the NFC Championship Game, Garoppolo began the 2022 season as QB2. Two games in, he’s back to QB1, and Lance, the No. 1 overall pick, will be back. 3 in the 2021 NFL Draft, spending the foreseeable future rehabbing from ankle surgery on Monday.
If Garoppolo and Brady manage to stay healthy, they will see each other in Week 14 when the 49ers host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:25 pm PT on Sunday, December 11 at Levi’s Stadium.