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John Lynch responds to criticism of Garoppolo not being on 49ers sideline during games

© Troy Taormina | 2018 Aug 18

Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season with a torn ACL. He is not allowed to be on the sideline during games, to avoid risking further injury.

Perhaps former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan doesn’t know that. During the 49ers’ Monday night loss to the Giants, McCloughan took to Twitter to criticize Garoppolo for not being on the field with his teammates.

McCloughan also tweeted a picture of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on crutches on the sideline in what we assume was an effort to strengthen his point. The photo in question, however, shows Wentz on the field before the game.

49ers general manager John Lynch joined Tolbert & Lund on Thursday afternoon, and responded to the criticism against Garoppolo, reiterating that Jimmy G is indeed not cleared to be on the sideline.

“I think Jimmy’s doing a great job as is Jerick (McKinnon), being around their teammates,” Lynch said. “It was pointed out to me from a former general manager that ‘Why wasn’t he down there with his team?’ Just so everyone knows he wasn’t cleared to be down there. He can’t move well enough to protect himself and I’d have a heart attack if he were. So he was exactly where he was supposed to be.”

Lynch also gave an update on both McKinnon and Garoppolo’s rehab.

“I came in yesterday, just to kind of clean my office out. During the bye week it’s a ghost town over there. Both those guys were in there. Both of them kind of had the similar procedure. It was non-weight bearing for a little bit. Jerick’s been off his crutch and Jimmy had been on two crutches, then one crutch, and then yesterday I came in and he was walking, and I was like ‘wow.’ So that’s progress and that’s exciting. They’re both working extremely hard.”

Listen to the full interview below. To hear Lynch on Garoppolo, start from 13:50.


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