The Facts: Garoppolo will play in the 49ers exhibition season, just not in Saturday night’s opener against the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium. Instead, Garoppolo will suit up in the ensuing exhibitions, at Denver and Kansas City, for his game-like action since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Sept. 23, at Kansas City. “I expect him to definitiely play (exhibitions) two and three, but nothing is mapped out and set in stone,” HC Kyle Shanahan said after Tuesday’s training camp practice.
Diehards Line:Garoppolo has had a steady and impressive workload through nine practices, and it took until his 131st throw of full-team drills for any to result in an interception. ... Garoppolo hasn’t said one way or the other if he needs the extra reps, but Mercury News staffer Cam Inman believes the QB's practice habits suggest that he is trying to make up for lost time and get Shanahan’s offense in synch before the Sept. 8 opener at Tampa Bay.