Extra Points: Garoppolo, 49ers, Bryant, Irving, Cowboys, Johnson, Eagles

There were high hopes for the 49ers in 2018, hopes that were mostly dashed when Jimmy Garoppolo was lost for the season with a torn ACL. The team has insisted they have confidence in backup C.J. Beathard, but the new-look 49ers will almost certainly have to wait until next year to make a serious run at a playoff spot. The good news is that Garoppolo recently underwent surgery, and everything seems to have gone very well.

San Francisco’s GM John Lynch said he spoke to the doctor who performed Garoppolo’s surgery, and that he got a “great report” from the surgeon according to Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle. Lynch added that doctors are “very optimistic about the prognosis for his future.” Separately, Branch notes that coach Kyle Shanahan said the team is hoping Garoppolo will be able to participate in OTAs in some capacity. It sounds like Garoppolo is expected to make a quick recovery and be 100% well before the start of the 2019 season, which is music to the ears of 49ers fans.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Earlier today, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made clear the team wouldn’t be bringing back Dez Bryant despite the receiver’s eagerness to return to Dallas. Now his son Stephen Jones, the team’s player personnel boss, has elaborated on why. The younger Jones said it has a lot to do with quarterback Dak Prescott, saying “the last thing unfortunately that Dak needs right now is to continue to change a lot of things up again.” The Cowboys’ receiving corp has been much maligned, but it sounds like it will be staying as is.
  • Cowboys defensive tackle David Irving is coming back from suspension this week. It’s a huge boost to Dallas’ defense, but to make room for him on the roster they’ll have to make a tough decision. It’s getting close to game day and they still haven’t made the call, so David Moore of Dallas News broke down all their potential options. Jones has said Irving will play, so something will need to be done in the next 36 hours or so.
  • “A federal judge has denied Eagles OT Lane Johnson’s motion to vacate an NFL arbitration award for his 10-game suspension in 2016″ according to Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal (Twitter link). Johnson filed the suit last year, alleging his suspension for PEDs was unwarranted, and that there was bias by the judge in the appeals process.
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7 comments on “Extra Points: Garoppolo, 49ers, Bryant, Irving, Cowboys, Johnson, Eagles

  1. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    “the last thing unfortunately that Dak needs right now is to continue to change a lot of things up again.” What?

    • crosseyedlemon

      The comment makes sense in that a young QB needs continuity at the coaching level but Jones has inadvertently made is sound as if Dak is too dumb to adjust to changes in the playbook.

  2. woodstock005

    49er should of gotten Kirk cousin
    More solid body and experience for quarterback

    Jimmy is very fragile and no experience
    You can tell

    • crosseyedlemon

      Life’s losers spend all their time focusing on the coulda, woulda and shoulda’s . I see the Niners front office doing some positive things and they should stick with their rebuilding plans knowing that overcoming setbacks only helps to build the character that all champions possess.

      • woodstock005

        In NFL

        Quarterback position is key
        You need to be lucky to get good quarterback

        Joe Montana fragile too
        But he lucky not have major injury till the end

        Jimmy g not lucky
        Major injury too early in career
        May not heel 100%

        • Polish Hammer

          Keep living your life in the rear view mirror with the would’ve, could’ve and should’ve…we all don’t have that crystal ball you have.

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