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NFL Rumors: 49ers hiring ex-Patriot Wes Welker as wide receivers coach

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NFL Rumors: 49ers hiring ex-Patriot Wes Welker as wide receivers coach

It appears Wes Welker will be working alongside Tom Brady's former protégé in 2019.

The San Francisco 49ers are expected to hire Welker as their next wide receivers coach, The Athletic's Matt Barrows reported Tuesday.

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain appeared to break the news that Welker was leaving the Houston Texans, where he had spent the last two seasons as an offensive and special teams assistant.

Welker's bio had been removed from the Texans' website as of Tuesday afternoon.

The former Patriots wide receiver, who caught a franchise-record 672 passes during his six seasons in New England, now will work in a 49ers offense led by ex-Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Garoppolo tore his ACL just three games into his first full season with San Francisco in 2018 after joining the Niners via trade from the Patriots in October 2017.

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MRI confirms Jimmy Garoppolo out for season with torn ACL

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MRI confirms Jimmy Garoppolo out for season with torn ACL

The San Francisco 49ers' worst fears were realized when an MRI revealed that Jimmy Garoppolo did indeed suffer a torn left ACL in the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and the quarterback's season is over after Week 3.

ESPN's Adam Schefter was first to report that the news was official.

More on former Patriots backup QB's injury here and Tom Brady's reaction here.

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49ers fear Jimmy Garoppolo tore left ACL

49ers fear Jimmy Garoppolo tore left ACL

Talk about a coincidence . . . 

Late in the San Francisco 49ers Week 3 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, former Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a non-contact left knee injury while scrambling down the sideline. 

Garoppolo was carted off after the play, and now the 49ers fear it could be a torn ACL to their franchise quarterback. 

After he was traded by the Patriots last season for a second round pick, Garoppolo won all five of his starts with the 49ers, leading to a massive five-year $137.5 million contract extension. 

We will update this story as more information surfaces. 

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