Doctors found only a torn ACL and no other damage when they operated on Jimmy Garoppolo's knee last week, and the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is expected to be back in six to eight months, putting him on track to be ready for training camp, league sources told ESPN.
On Friday, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan even expressed hope that Garoppolo could beat that timeline.
"I'm hoping that he'll be able to get into OTAs and do some noncontact stuff with throwing the ball and everything," Shanahan told reporters. "It's always a little bit better when you're dealing with a quarterback and stuff as opposed to other positions, because you can get them in hopefully in 7-on-7 drills a little bit early and things like that, which helps those guys get involved a lot faster."
The 49ers have been pleased with Beathard; they believe he is better prepared to produce than he was last season -- in part thanks to his growth, in part thanks to the talent surrounding him.
Beathard completed 23 of 37 passes for 298 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in last Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.