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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) runs with the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the last fourth at the Levi & # 39; s Stadium. [Foto: Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports]

The era of Jimmy Garoppolo, however much it is, is under way in San Francisco.

The 49ers announced Tuesday that the quarterback, acquired in a mid-season trade with the New England Patriots, will make his first start for the team on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Garopp olo replaces C.J. Beathard, who suffered a knee contusion and hip distension at the end of a 24-13 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Garoppolo stepped in for Beathard and completed two pbades for 18 yards and a touchdown on his 49ers debut.

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Despite changing a second-round election in 2018 by Garoppolo, who will become a free agent at the end of the year, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan has been reluctant to put in action to his newly acquired field marshal.

"It has improved," Shanahan said of Garoppolo after Sunday's game. "It's still a work in progress and will continue throughout the year."

An Eastern Illinois alum, Garoppolo will have his first start with San Francisco not far from his hometown of Rolling Meadows, Illinois. He started two games for the Patriots last season during the suspension of four games by Tom Brady.

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