CARSON, Calif. — Already without Jimmy Garoppolo for the rest of the season because of a knee injury, the supporting cast for the San Francisco 49ers’ new starting quarterback C.J. Beathard suffered multiple injuries in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Left tackle Joe Staley and wide receiver Dante Pettis both suffered first-half left knee injuries that initially left both questionable to return. But the Niners ruled out Staley and Pettis for the rest of the game as the third quarter began.
Staley suffered his injury with about nine minutes to go in the second quarter. On the third-down play, Beathard took a big hit that drove him into the back of Staley’s leg. Staley stayed down and received medical attention before he was able to walk to the sideline.
Just before halftime, Staley made his way to the locker room as veteran tackle Garry Gilliam replaced him on the starting offensive line.
That injury came after Pettis sustained an injury while returning a punt just two minutes into the game. Pettis caught a punt at San Francisco’s 17, and as he worked back, he was tackled by Chargers linebacker Jatavis Brown. Pettis came down awkwardly on the knee and needed assistance from the Niners’ staff to get to the sideline.