Although their intent may not have been malicious, it was fairly bad timing and left many of the 49ers players upset.
They’re also making sure that they don’t repeat the last-play, heartbreaking losses that defined that 0-4 start. Better to put a game out of reach than to let it stay in reach of the fates in the final seconds, as they did each of their first two games and three of their first four. (Not to mention their last two losses, to the Patriots and Jaguars, before their blowout of the Bills.)
“It was worse [than a strain], but I’m not going to get into detail about that. At the end of the day, we’ve got the Hawks, they play us good and see how I feel [on Tuesday] and if I pass all the tests that [Cavs trainers] Geo [George Sibel] and Steve [Spiro] want me to go through in order to be good to play, then I will play, and if I don’t pass, then I have to do more studying.”
Beathard suffered a leg injury in the final minutes of the 49ers’ 24-13 loss to the Seahawks, but instead of the usual silence from the crowd when a player is down, fans saw Garoppolo warming up on the sideline and began to cheer.
“Our starting [QB] got hurt and people are cheering before he even stands up,” safety Eric Reid said, per Mercury News. “That pisses me off. I’m disappointed in our fans. I understand the excitement about Jimmy, he’s a great player, but that’s not right.”
Linebacker Reuben Foster echoed the same feeling, saying the fans were unfair to Beathard, who was able to get up and walk off the field, regardless of how excited the crowd was to see Garoppolo play.
“First of all, I wanted to say our fans are better than that,” linebacker Reuben Foster said. “You wait until a guy gets up to cheer, not when a guy’s down. Then when he’ s up, you cheer.