What Kyle Shanahan said to Trey Lance after 49ers QB’s season-ending injury – NBC Sports

What Kyle Shanahan said to Trey Lance after 49ers QB's season-ending injury - NBC Sports

In the first quarter of the 27-7 win by 49ers over the Seattle Seahawks, Trey Lance lay on the Levi’s Stadium grass, staring at the sky and the reality of his season-ending ankle injury.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan rushed to the 22-year-old quarterback, but couldn’t muster many words.

“I’m sorry,” Shanahan said to Lance on the field, via NBC Sports’ Peter King. “You played your butt.”

Lance was chartered out of the field. It was later confirmed that he suffered a broken ankle, ending the former first-round pick’s 2022 season after just five quarters.

“He’s as good as you can be,” Shanahan said after the game. “When I came out and saw him, he just asked me about some plays before, about some of his reads. That’s the kind of kid he is, and I hurt for him.”

The 49ers are back in the hands of veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who has run the offense for the past five seasons and returned to the team as a backup behind Lance after agreeing to a massive pay cut after training camp.

Garoppolo knows what it’s like to endure a severe injury early in the season. He suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season, and missed 10 games in 2020 due to ankle injuries.

“Yeah, I saw him for a quick second later,” Garoppolo said. “Just wishing him well. Like I said, I’ve been there. I’ve come full circle in this thing, and it’s just, it’s hard whenever you see a guy hurt, you feel for him.

“But Trey’s a tough guy. He’ll be okay.”

“Four of our six years here we’ve lost the starting quarterback to injury,” Shanahan told King. “I mean, you just deal with it. You must Our team really loves Trey. But these guys, they plan to win games regardless of the obstacles.”

San Francisco wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who worked out with Lance during the offseason, revealed that 49ers players talked to Lance at halftime.

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“We tried to rally behind him,” the wide receiver said. “Everybody went to go talk to him at halftime. We finished the rest of the game for him, and then we talked to him. But when you have a guy like that go down early, it’s always tough.”

As Garoppolo takes back the keys to the 49ers’ offense, Lance begins his long road to recovery.

At least Lance has the support of the 49ers locker room.

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