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Jimmy Garoppolo sought out Tom Brady for advice on ACL injury

Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo may no longer be teammates, but the two quarterbacks have remained in touch since the latter was dealt to the San Francisco 49ers by the New England Patriots in October 2017.

The two ran into each other at last weekend’s Kentucky Derby, and Garoppolo, currently in the midst of a comeback from an ACL injury, sought out Brady for advice on how to handle the next steps.

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“I’ve got to keep that confidential,” Garroppolo said of his conversation with Brady, who did reach out to the Niners signal-caller in the wake of the injury, via the Mercury News. “But I did actually talk to him about it for a little bit. He’s been through everything, seen everything, so whenever I can pick his brain, it’s a good thing.”

Garroppolo’s 2018 season with the 49ers was quickly derailed when he tore his ACL in Week 3. Brady of course suffered the same injury in Week 1 of the 2008 NFL season and sat out the Patriots’ entire campaign that year.

Brady returned in 2009 and showed no decline in skills in the wake of the injury, throwing for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns while playing in all 16 games. It was a performance that earned Brady the Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Garroppolo, on track in his rehab, is expected to take part in the 49ers’ OTAs later in May, and the quarterback expects to get a good gauge of where he stands by being out on the field.

“It’s a combination of reactionary stuff. That’s a big part of it,” Garoppolo said. “When you’re doing rehab, everything is, ‘Do this movement, do this.’ Well, in the game, you’re more reacting than thinking. Getting used to those type of movements. We’ve been doing some of them and patterning them. It’s coming along well.”

The 49ers, from the front office to the coaches to the players, expect a big turnaround in 2019 after going 4-12 in Garoppolo’s absence, whose healthy return to the field will certainly help the team realize their postseason aspirations.