49ers hold off on signing QB, promote Mullens
7:24 PM ET
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — On Monday, only hours after an MRI confirmed that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had suffered a season-ending left ACL injury, coach Kyle Shanahan was asked how many quarterbacks the team would be working out on Tuesday.
Shanahan’s response: “as many as we can get.” At the time, Shanahan was joking, but the Niners did, in fact, bring seven quarterbacks to Santa Clara on Tuesday for a group workout.
On Wednesday, the Niners placed Garoppolo on injured reserve, ending his season. As a corresponding move, San Francisco declined to sign any of the tryout quarterbacks and promoted Nick Mullens from the practice squad to the active roster instead.
“I wish we could sign extra of all players,” Shanahan said. “I wish we could sign extra quarterbacks, extra wideouts, extra safeties. But, you’ve got a 53-man roster. We’ve got a lot of guys banged up. In order to sign somebody, you’ve got to cut someone or put them on IR. We’ve got a lot of guys that are questionable this week where we won’t know until the end of the week whether they’re playing or not. So, those aren’t IR candidates. They’re