Jimmy Garoppolo’s ex-teammates were upset about how he handled injuries

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was the subject of trade talks until his decision to undergo shoulder surgery in early March put those discussions on hold, largely to the surprise of the 49ers. The quarterback has yet to return to throwing, and this is not the first time Garoppolo’s handling of an injury has reportedly blinded his team.

In October last year, former Patriots tight-end Martellus Bennett Garoppolo slammed for how he handled an injury in 2016, when the quarterback filled up for a suspended Tom Brady in New England. “He decided not to play right before the game.” Bennett told of a loss in the early season. «Jacoby [Brissett] came out and played with a thumbs up and played with his heart, but Jimmy was just a bitch about it all. “

Julian Edelman was New England’s best receiver in the few matches Garoppolo saw action. Bay Area natives were asked about Bennett’s critique of Chad Johnson and Brandon Marshall’s “I Am Athlete” podcast in an episode released Sunday.

“We go into week 4 and Jimmy practiced and then decided not to play,” said Edelman. “And Jacoby played without a ligament in his thumb … Many boys got angry about it. I’m not going to lie, I got angry about it.”

Without calling Garoppolo any swear words, Edelman made it clear that he was completely on Bennett’s side.


“I sacrifice my body all day long, all day long,” Edelman continued. ‘I took shots for this, and let it spill. Ribs, broken ribs, shoulders. Class 3, hangs in limbs just to play. And you know, I can understand why [Bennett] think so. “

You know how it went from there: Brady came back from suspension and a 28-3 deficit to lead the Patriots to a Super Bowl. Garoppolo was switched to the 49ers in the ensuing offseason.

No similar stories of dissatisfaction in the 49ers’ wardrobe have emerged – yet. Reports came out over the weekend indicating that Garoppolo will be cleared to return to action in the coming weeks, opening the door to a long-rumored trade. Whether he enters the regular season as a member of the organization remains to be seen.