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Jimmy Garoppolo‘s MRI Monday revealed what the San Francisco 49ers had originally feared, as the team confirmed he suffered a torn left ACL against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Garoppolo will miss the remainder of the 2018 season.

The quarterback went down late in the fourth quarter after cutting back into the field instead of stepping out of bounds at the end of a quarterback scramble. He also stepped into a heavy hit upon making the cut.

C.J. Beathard is currently the only other quarterback on San Francisco’s roster, so he’ll presumably start in Garoppolo’s absence barring a trade or free-agent signing. The team will reportedly bring free agent Tom Savage in for a workout, a source told ESPN’s Jordan Schultz.

The injury is a huge blow to a once-promising 49ers season. The team currently sits at 1-2 after a 38-27 loss to the Chiefs.

Garoppolo’s first full season with the 49ers finishes with 718 passing yards, five touchdowns, and three interceptions.

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Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant was a big source of motivation for Richard Sherman during his recovery from an Achilles injury.

Bryant, who ruptured his own Achilles tendon in 2013, told ESPN’s Nick Wagoner he reached out to the San Francisco 49ers cornerback – then a member of the Seattle Seahawks – a day after he suffered the injury to see how he was doing.

“When I first called to check on him I said, ‘Are you alright, I want to make sure you are not being a baby about it?'” Bryant said of the November 2017 phone call.

The pair’s friendship dates back to 2014, when they met at a Nike photoshoot following the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII victory. Sherman said Bryant was “essential” in his rehabilitation, offering guidance and acting as a sounding board.

“He and I had a previous relationship and talked and texted all the time,” Sherman said. “So he gave me some pointers and things I needed to do early on in the process to make sure that I expedited the healing process and I was more proactive than reactive. I think that was one of the big things.”

Sunday will mark Sherman’s first regular-season game in 10 months, and Bryant is looking forward to his friend’s comeback.

“I’m excited for him to come back and show the world what he’s got, man,” Bryant said. “It’s going to be awesome.”

Stephen Burbank, the system arbitrator assigned to Colin Kaepernick’s collusion case, denied the NFL’s request to dismiss the quarterback’s complaint against the league.

Burbank did not provide a conclusive victory for Kaepernick but decided there was enough evidence for the case to continue and potentially go to trial.

The NFL did not provide comment on Burbank’s decision.

Daniel Kaplan of Sports Business Journal outlined the legal process before Kaepernick’s case can go to a federal courts appeal, with the court trial and ensuing decision happening before. The decision can then be appealed to a three-person panel under the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement. Afterward, the decision could go to federal court.

Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL was filed in October under the premise that the NFL’s owners colluded to keep him out of the league due to his protests against police brutality and racial inequality during the national anthem. He attended the depositions of commissioner Roger Goodell along with the depositions of several NFL owners.

The signal-caller opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017 when it became apparent that they had no interest in re-signing him.

The San Francisco 49ers will honor the late Dwight Clark in a number of ways during the 2018 campaign.

San Francisco will host a tribute in Clark’s memory during its Week 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Rams on Oct. 21. The celebration will be highlighted by the unveiling of a statue depicting “The Catch” – Clark’s iconic game-winning touchdown in the 1981 NFC Championship Game – outside Levi’s Stadium.

49ers players will also wear “87” helmet decals throughout the season that feature Clark’s legendary catch.

Clark died June 4 after a battle with ALS. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champion, and later had his No. 87 retired by the 49ers.

It was not long ago the Seattle Seahawks were widely considered the NFL’s next great dynasty after consecutive trips to Super Bowl XLVIII and XLIX, stifling the opposition with their vaunted “Legion of Boom” defense.

As the NFL nears the end of an offseason in which Richard Sherman and Cliff Avril were released, Michael Bennett was traded, and Kam Chancellor all but officially called an end to his career due to injury, Sherman is speaking out about the current state of the team.

“They’ve lost their way. It’s as simple as that,” Sherman told MMQB’s Robert Klemko. “They’ve just lost their way. When you make too many mistakes over a long period of time, you kind of dig yourself a hole. And then when you backtrack, you gotta make a bunch of rash decisions to try and fill the hole and hope that it holds up.”

Through the losses, the Seahawks have managed to retain All-Pros Bobby Wagner and Earl Thomas, who garner the team’s second- and fourth-highest cap hits for 2018, respectively.

As Thomas heads into the final year of his contract, however, he has been the subject of rampant trade rumors amid the threat of a holdout.

Sherman says there’s no reason for the Seahawks to risk losing the six-time Pro Bowler, who’ll enter the 2018 season at 29 years old.

“It’s just unfortunate. It’s really unfortunate,” Sherman said. “I think it’ll all come out when they do the ’30 for 30.’ Mistakes and poor judgment on things ruined what could have been a really special deal. You don’t have much left right now. And to say you’re not going to pay Earl Thomas is just …

“There’s no decline in play there. He’s played the game the right way. Who do you have to pay? You have the two best linebackers in the game. You have the quarterback. You have a great wide receiver in Doug (Baldwin). And you’re paying Duane Brown.”

A St. Louis jury ruled in favor of former running back Reggie Bush on Tuesday.

The jury ordered the Los Angeles Rams to pay Bush $4.95 million in compensatory damages and another $7.5 million in punitive damages for the injury he suffered at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in 2015, according to Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Rams were found 100 percent liable for the season-ending knee injury Bush suffered in a Nov. 1 game as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. Bush slipped on what his 2016 lawsuit called a “concrete ring of death” after being pushed out of bounds, severely injuring his knee. The concrete surface was covered with rubber padding two weeks later.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles the season following the injury.

“I’m very happy with the verdict,” Bush told the Post-Dispatch. “The people spoke and decided very fairly.”

Bush’s lawyer had asked for a judgment ranging from $10 million to $15 million, arguing that the running back was in line for a three-year contract in that range at the time.

He signed a one-year, $1.5-million contract with the Buffalo Bills for the 2016 season and said in December that he plans to retire.

Rams spokeswoman Joanna Hunter didn’t comment on the verdict, while attorneys for the team said they plan to file a motion for a new trial.

Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t listening to widespread talk that the San Francisco 49ers could earn a playoff berth in 2018.

“People always like to talk about the predictions with the season. Even when the season just ends, they start talking about it,” Garoppolo told reporters on Tuesday, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “It’s all noise on the outside, but I think we have a good group that is locked in right now. We’re focused on OTAs. We’ll go into training camp, hopefully have a good training camp and take it day by day.”

The 49ers have a projected win total of 8.5 for 2018, according to Bovada.

They finished the 2017 season on a five-game win streak in Garoppolo’s only five starts since being acquired via trade from the New England Patriots.