Last year, linebacker Travis Goethel was on track to win a starting job as a sixth-round rookie, until a back injury caused him to miss half of the regular season. This year, Goethel again was working his way toward a spot on the first team.
And he’s now lost for the year.
Steve Corkran of InsideBayArea.com reports that Goethel suffered a torn knee ligament in practice on Monday, and that he’s expected to miss the entire season.
The development means that Quentin Groves likely will start on the weak side.