18:20: The 49ers confirmed in tonight tonight that Lance “suffered a broken right ankle and will require season-ending surgery,” according to Shanahan.
17:51: It looks like the 49ers will have to face the worst case of today’s injury as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Lance’s ankle injury “allegedly requires surgery that will likely end his season.”
San Francisco is lucky, in the short term, that they kept Garoppolo, who will likely step in at quarterback for the 49ers for the rest of the season. There were whispers around the league that a trade could still be on the books as teams like the Cowboys. saw significant hits to the quarterback position.
Long term, San Francisco must have some concerns about the development of their young investment at quarterback. It’s certainly not Lance’s fault, but if the rumor about his season ending is true, Lance will have gone three years in the NFL without playing any significant, consistent time at quarterback. In a sport that requires constant practice and skill refinement, this is a disastrous start to what should be a promising career for Lance.
3:36 p.m.: Today marked a significant point in Trey Lancethe young NFL career of. Instead of a rebounding performance, however, it resulted in the 49ers quarterback being carted off the field with a leg injury, as the team confirmed.
Lance will be out for the rest of the game, according to a club announcement. He had air cast on his right leg before being taken from the field to the locker room. As a result of the injury, Jimmy Garoppolo took over behind center for San Francisco.
Lance spent the entire offseason knowing he would take over as the 49ers’ franchise signal caller. The team traded up to select him third overall in the 2021 draft, so it was little surprise they turned their attention to the 22-year-old. Expectations were understandably high, but his limited action in college and as a rookie backing up Garoppolo led to many question marks entering the campaign.
The North Dakota State product did little to quell doubts about his ability to serve as a high-level starter last week. In an upset loss to the Bruins, Lance completed just 13-of-28 passes for 164 yards and an interception, adding 54 yards on 13 rushing attempts. Conditions played a major role in each team’s offensive struggles, of course, but a lot was supposed to ride on Lance’s performance today against the Seahawks.
It was reported earlier this week that head coach Kyle Shanahan could turn to Garoppolo already the next game of the equipment against the Broncos in the event Lance struggled. Now, he did it out of sheer necessity. Garoppolo was the source of trade speculation throughout the summer, but remained in the Bay Area by a restructured contract. Depending on the length of Lance’s absence, the veteran could once again carry the load for an extended period.
In the immediate future, Garoppolo faces the task of leading a 49ers offense that, for the second straight contest, does not include an All-Pro tight end. George Kittle against the Seahawks. Seattle pulled off an upset win over Denver last week, but San Francisco currently leads 13-0. Big picture implications loom large for the team at the QB position, however.