San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance has season-ending surgery to repair two ankle injuries – ESPN

San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance has season-ending surgery to repair two ankle injuries - ESPN

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After suffering a season-ending right ankle injury in Sunday’s game 27-7 win over the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is already on the road to recovery.

The Niners and Lance announced Monday that the quarterback had “successful surgery on his injured right ankle.”

The procedure took place Monday morning at Stanford Hospital and, according to a statement from the team, repaired two injuries to Lance’s ankle: “a fibula fracture and a ligament disruption.”

Shortly after the surgery to repair his broken ankle, Lance took to social media to offer some insight into how he feels. In one tweet, Lance posted himself lying in a hospital bed with his right ankle in a cast and a smile on his face.

The caption reads: “I really appreciate all the messages and prayers. Surgery was a success and I’m ready to tackle this rehab process. We’ll never understand why, but I trust it’s all part of His plan. I’ll be back better than ever whatever. This chapter will make the story even bigger!”

That rehabilitation process will take some time, and a return this season has been ruled out, but Niners team physician Dr. Tim McAdams said in a statement that he is confident Lance will “make a full recovery in time for a full return in the 2023 season.” Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday he also believes Lance will be back in time for the start of the 2023 season.

In the meantime, some of Lance’s teammates visited him in the hospital Monday afternoon and Shanahan plans to see him soon. From there, Shanahan said the plan for Lance’s rehabilitation hasn’t been set yet, but he expects Lance to make it in the Bay Area and be around the team as much as possible.

“As soon as he can get back here and start rehab, we’ll want him a part of everything,” Shanahan said. “Every meeting he can attend, every practice he can attend. I know he won’t be able to do all of that because of how much he has to rehab but especially in those meetings and things, we don’t plan on Trey completely away from us. Whenever he’s not tending to his ankle, we plan to have him with us.”

At some point this week, Lance will go on injured reserve this week as a veteran Jimmy Garoppolo takes over as San Francisco’s starter, with a rookie Brock Purdy stepping in as the backup. The 49ers will also look to add another quarterback to the practice squad at some point.

“We’ll see what’s out there,” Shanahan said. “We definitely have to get a guy in here for practice squad because we need a third man if something happens because he’s one game away from being the backup and he’s two games away from being our starter.”

Lance’s ankle injury occurred with about 2:20 to go in the first quarter during a second-down zone-read run in which Lance decided to keep the ball rather than hand off to a receiver. Ray-Ray McCloud. Lance burst up the middle, but a Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton met him in the hole after a 2-yard gain.

Lance fell awkwardly and his right ankle seemed to buckle under him. Lance looked like he was going to go back as a center Jake Brendel offered to help, but Lance quickly went back down. Cart came out soon after, and Lance was taken to the locker room with his right leg in an air cast after his teammates offered words of encouragement.

Most of the Niners players and coaches who spoke after the win against Seattle said they knew right away that Lance’s injury was serious.

Those who have experienced similar injuries, such as a defensive end Nick Bosa (who tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 2 of the 2020 season), offered Lance some perspective.

“It’s the worst part of the game,” Bosa said. “It happens instantly and there’s no going back. Once it happens, you feel like your life is over for a while… Then that [surgery] start your way back. It won’t be easy, but he’ll be back, and he’ll be fine. It’s really hard right now.”

Lance wasn’t the only Niner to suffer an ankle injury in Sunday’s game. Rookie running back Tyrion Davis-Price suffered a high ankle sprain in the game, an injury that neither he nor the team knew about until today but will keep Davis-Price out for several weeks.

Davis-Price’s injury comes a week after the Niners lost a starting running back Elijah Mitchell for about two months because of a sprained right knee. That means, as with quarterback, the Niners will once again be in the market for a running back this week.

Starter Jeff Wilson Jr. and an undrafted rookie Jordan Mason are the only two healthy running backs on the roster, albeit a veteran Marlon Mack is a candidate to be promoted from the practice squad.

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