There were two big ACL injuries in Week 3.

First up, Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL attempting to get a couple extra yards on a scramble. Rather than run out of bounds, Garoppolo attempts to plant his left leg to turn in field. The leg visibly buckles on contact with the ground and he is hit by Chiefs corner Steven Nelson. The tear occurs before Nelson hits him.

This is a huge loss for the Niners, with McKinnon also out for an ACL tear, they now have 20.25% of their cap on injured reserve. They also do not have an heir apparent for Garoppolo, C.J. Beathard has taken that spot for now. Nick Mullens has been promoted from the practice squad. They are reportedly bringing in Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens, T.J. Yates, and Landry Jones. They have not reached out to Kaepernick at this stage.

Hayes Tears His ACL

The second big ACL injury was during the undefeated Dolphins win over the winless Raiders. Defensive End William Hayes suffered the ACL tear during a second-quarter sack.

After the game Head Coach, Adam Gase told the media that Hayes was attempting to avoid landing on Carr with the full weight of his body. Photos from the sideline show Hayes with his leg awkwardly placed so that he could roll off Carr rather than land on him.

Not only do we have ambiguity around what get’s called and what doesn’t. We have good defensive players getting injured while attempting to conform to this stupid rule. The NFL needs to change this rule. Quarterbacks will get hurt, but that is the nature of the game.