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Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo ‘twisted up like a pretzel,’ appears injured in Week 3

 Jimmy Garoppolo #10 of the Las Vegas Raiders throws a pass in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

Second-half update: Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo returned in the second half of their Week 3 game against the Steelers.

Las Vegas Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo was sacked for an eight-yard loss on the offense’s final play of the half, but that wasn’t the worst part of it for him. Garoppolo was injured on the play, as his knee bent awkwardly on the play after the sack from Steelers LB T.J. Watt. As the broadcast noted, he was slow to get up after being “twisted up like a pretzel” on the play.

Garoppolo appeared uncomfortable walking along the sideline after the sack, heading back to the locker room just over 30 seconds prior to halftime, presumably for some further evaluation.

So far on the night, Garoppolo has completed 12 of 18 pass attempts for 155 passing yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. His backup, should he be unable to return, is veteran Brian Hoyer, who has extensive experience playing with HC Josh McDaniels, dating back to their time together with the Patriots.