And still, Colin Kaepernick can’t get a chance.
The San Francisco 49ers are already in a bad way at 1-7, with star quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season. C.J. Beathard has had some good moments and a lot of bad moments, and now it looks like he could miss Thursday night’s game against the Oakland Raiders — a game that can be livestreamed on the Yahoo Sports mobile app (IOS and Android).
According to Matt Barrows of The Athletic, Beathard has a sprained wrist that makes it hard for him to grip a football. He missed practice Tuesday. The short week doesn’t help his chances of playing.
If Beathard doesn’t improve, the 49ers will go further down the depth chart. Unless you’re a Southern Miss football fan, a hardcore 49ers fan or in the deepest dynasty fantasy football league ever, you might not even know who would then start at quarterback for the 49ers, a spot held by legends like Joe Montana and Steve Young once upon a time.
Nick Mullens, come on down.
Who is Nick Mullens?
Let’s go through Mullens’ NFL regular-season career …. OK, done.
If Mullens has to start, he’ll be taking his first NFL snap on “Thursday Night Football.” This game, between Mullens and the 49ers and the 1-6 Raiders, will really test if NFL fans will watch any prime-time game.
Mullens was undrafted in 2017, spent all last season on the 49ers’ practice squad, was cut after preseason this season and brought back to the practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster after Garoppolo blew out his ACL.
Mullens’ preseason record isn’t too pretty: one touchdown and four interceptions over two seasons. He did complete 31-of-43 passes for 396 yards over four preseason games this year, however.
But given how bad the Raiders’ defense is, maybe it’s just setting up a tremendous and unexpected success story in prime time.
C.J. Beathard still hopes he can play
Maybe Beathard recovers and starts Thursday night. He told reporters he’s still hopeful his hand and wrist improve and he can play.
Either way, it’s a pretty ugly situation for the 49ers. On Sunday they blew a double-digit fourth-quarter lead to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. They haven’t won a game since Garoppolo got injured, although they have played hard in many of those games.
It’s not an ideal situation for the 49ers on Thursday. Either they have a quarterback who couldn’t grip a football 48 hours before the game, or one who is making his NFL debut in prime time. It has been a long season in San Francisco already, with half of it still to go.
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