Trey Lance

San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback #5
San Francisco 49ers
Quarterback #5
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Trey Lance News

Has follow-up surgery

Lance underwent a procedure Friday to extract hardware from his right ankle that was inserted during the initial surgery back in September.

Analysis: Lance suffered a fibula fracture and ligament disruption in his right ankle Week 2 that ended his second campaign. The 49ers reported Saturday that as he proceeded through his rehab, the "close proximity proved to cause irritation" in the ankle in question, which, after reaching out to a number of experts, forced Friday's surgery. Lance is expected to be healthy by OTAs in May, but in the meantime the team will continue to operate with rookie Brock Purdy under center with Jimmy Garoppolo (foot) sidelined.

Dec 31, 2022 4:18 PM EST


Progressing well, loses boot

Lance (ankle) was seen walking without crutches or a medical boot as he recovers from surgery to his right fibula, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports.

Analysis: Lance was placed on injured reserve due to a serious ankle injury back in Week 2, effectively ending his much-anticipated sophomore season. The 2021 first-round pick was seen on the sidelines of Sunday's 22-16 win over the Chargers without a boot or crutches for the first time since his surgery. Lance appears to be progressing well, which bodes well for his prospects of a healthy start to the 2023 season. The 2022 49ers are currently 5-4 under Jimmy Garoppolo -- who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2023 -- so Lance could be handed the keys to a seemingly potent offense next season.

Nov 14, 2022 11:55 AM EST



Heads to injured reserve

The 49ers placed Lance (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday

Analysis: This transaction was inevitable after Lance broke his right fibula and suffered a ligament disruption in his right ankle Week 2 against the Seahawks. The second-year signal-caller already underwent season-ending surgery Monday, and he's expected to remain in San Francisco for the entirety of his rehab with an expectation to return to full health for the 2023 season. In Lance's stead, Jimmy Garoppolo has retaken the reins of the 49ers offense, with Brock Purdy serving as the team's No. 2 quarterback.

Sep 21, 2022 12:37 PM EST


Gets surgery for two ankle injuries

The 49ers announced that Lance underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a fibula fracture and ligament disruption to his right ankle.

Analysis: Just as head coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed following Sunday's win over the Seahawks, the ankle injuries that Lance sustained in the first quarter of the contest will end the quarterback's season, but the 49ers are confident that he'll recover from surgery in time for a full return during the 2023 campaign. Jimmy Garoppolo finished out the Week 2 contest and is slated to reclaim duties as the 49ers' starting signal-caller, while rookie seventh-round pick Brock Purdy will likely step into the No. 2 role after being inactive for the first two games of the season.

Sep 19, 2022 12:43 PM EST


Set for season-ending surgery

Lance suffered a broken ankle Sunday against the Seahawks and will undergo season-ending surgery Monday, according to coach Kyle Shanahan, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Fears of a season-ending injury to Lance have been confirmed. Jimmy Garoppolo replaced the injured Lance against Seattle and helped lead the 49ers to a 27-7 win. It's a tough break for Lance in just the second game of his first season as a starter after he learned behind Garoppolo as a rookie.

Sep 18, 2022 4:18 PM EST



Season may be over

Lance sustained a severe right ankle injury Sunday against the Seahawks that's expected to require season-ending surgery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Lance was carted off the field with an air cast on his lower right leg in the first half of the 49ers' Week 2 contest. He was quickly ruled out, and not it appears he won't play again this season. With Lance sidelined, the team will turn to Jimmy Garoppolo under center.

Sep 18, 2022 3:51 PM EST


Out with right ankle injury

Lance (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Lance injured his ankle on a run-pass option at the end of a two-yard carry, when his right leg was bent back on a tackle by Seattle linebacker Cody Barton. As Lance was taken off the field on a cart, his right ankle was donning an air cast, per Chris Biderman of The Sacramento Bee. While the severity of the concern currently is unknown, Lance will hand over the keys to the 49ers offense to Jimmy Garoppolo.

Sep 18, 2022 1:44 PM EST


Suffers ankle injury Sunday

Lance (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: When the QB was carted off the field he had an air cast on his lower right leg, with the team now confirming that Lance sustained an ankle injury. If he's forced to miss time beyond Sunday's contest, which seems likely, Jimmy Garoppolo would be in line to serve as the 49ers' starting signal caller.

Sep 18, 2022 1:44 PM EST


Carted off the field Sunday

Lance (leg) was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Lance's right leg was in an air cast, so at first glance this looks like an injury that could cost him some time. In Lance's absence, Jimmy Garoppolo has stepped in at QB for the 49ers.

Sep 18, 2022 1:37 PM EST


Struggles in season opener

Lance completed 13 of 28 pass attempts for 164 yards, no touchdowns and one interception Sunday. He added 54 rushing yards on 13 carries in a 19-10 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: Lance had to deal with blistering winds and rain throughout the contest, so it would be unfair to judge his 2022 value solely off this dud. The 13 rush attempts were a plus for fantasy owners, as part of Lance's fantasy appeal is his physical prowess as a rusher. The third-overall pick from the 2021 draft struggled with his accuracy, which was a concern even without the rough playing conditions. We should get a better idea of Lance's offseason progression in a home matchup against the Seahawks in what is currently expected to be a clear and sunny day at Levi's Stadium on Sept. 18.

Sep 11, 2022 9:44 PM EST


To be backed up by Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo has signed a restructured one-year contract to remain with the 49ers to serve as Lance's backup to start the coming season, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It was generally expected that Garoppolo would be playing elsewhere once the offseason dust cleared, but by amending his contract the veteran signal caller is now slated to stay with San Francisco as a well-paid backup behind Lance. While retaining Garoppolo gives the franchise a very capable insurance policy should Lance suffer an injury, there's nothing to suggest that the 49ers' plans to start the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft have changed, with Lance's ability to contribute as a rusher giving him intriguing fantasy upside in his second campaign as a pro.

Aug 29, 2022 3:57 PM EST


Shut out in dress rehearsal

Lance played the first three drives of Thursday's 17-0 preseason loss to the Texans, completing seven of 11 passes for 49 yards and adding one yard on one rushing attempt.

Analysis: Lance targeted each of Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk once, but all three passes fell incomplete. The only sustained drive Lance led was his last, which ended with a turnover on downs in Houston territory. Lance's preseason was a mixed bag, as he played well in limited action in the preseason opener, then sat out the second game before posting this clunker in the third. The dual-threat quarterback is heading into his first season as San Francisco's starter after spending most of last season sitting behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Aug 25, 2022 9:00 PM EST


In line to play Thursday

Lance is in line to see action in Thursday's preseason finale against the Texans, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Tuesday that the 49ers' starting QB would play, at most, up to halftime. Once Lance exits the contest, Nate Sudfeld and Brock Purdy will be next up for snaps versus Houston.

Aug 24, 2022 10:29 AM EST


Not playing this weekend

Lance and most other starters will be held out of Saturday's preseason game against Minnesota, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Nate Sudfeld figures to start at QB with the Niners resting most of their key players. Lance did well in the preseason opener with four completions for 92 yards and a TD on five pass attempts. George Kittle, Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are among the 49ers considered highly unlikely to play Saturday night.

Aug 20, 2022 2:42 PM EST


Unlikely for second preseason game

Lance is not likely to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan did note that nothing was set in stone and a final decision would not be made until after Thursday's practice. Lance played two offensive possessions in the opening exhibition game, completing four of five passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. Even if Lance were to take the field Saturday, it would likely only be for a couple of drives.

Aug 17, 2022 6:51 PM EST


Tosses TD in preseason cameo

Lance completed four of five passes for 92 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions and added seven yards on one carry during the 49ers' 28-21 preseason win over the Packers on Friday night.

Analysis: The second-year signal-caller made good use of his brief time on the field, connecting with Danny Gray for a 76-yard touchdown pass to cap off the 49ers' second possession. Lance led the 49ers to points on both of his drives, as San Francisco's first possession also culminated in a Robbie Gould field goal. It was a solid start to the preseason for Lance, who's likely to see more playing time in San Francisco's second exhibition a week from Saturday night against the Vikings in Minnesota.

Aug 12, 2022 8:53 PM EST


Likely playing Friday

Coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Lance will play in Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Briana McDonald of the 49ers' official site reports.

Analysis: Shanahan said he'd like Lance to play in the first and third games of the preseason. Other starters figure to play, though it isn't clear if that includes superstars like LT Trent Williams, WR Deebo Samuel and TE George Kittle.

Aug 12, 2022 1:38 PM EST


Confirmed as new starting QB

Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Tuesday that the 49ers are moving on from Jimmy Garoppolo, telling reporters, "This is Trey [Lance]'s team," Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: It's been a likelihood for a long time and a near-certainty for the past few months. Lance, the third overall pick in last year's draft, will take the helm of an offense with superstars at left tackle (Trent Williams), wide receiver (Deebo Samuel) and tight end (George Kittle). It'll likely be a run-heavy offense, but that's not a bad thing for Lance's fantasy managers if the young QB gets a lot of those carries. Lance took 24 carries for 120 yards (5.0 YPC) and one TD in his two starts last year, completing 31 of 52 passes (59.6 percent) for 441 yards (8.5 YPA), with, two TDs, two INTs, three sacks and no fumbles. The Trey Lance era in San Francisco begins in earnest Sunday, Sept. 11 in Chicago.

Jul 26, 2022 11:50 AM EST


Getting first-team reps in OTAs

Lance is in line to handle all the first-team reps with the 49ers during OTAs while Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) remains sidelined, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. "We're excited for that opportunity that he has [in the spring]," 49ers general manager John Lynch said Monday.

Analysis: Though both Garoppolo and head coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged in the early weeks of the offseason that the veteran signal-caller would likely be donning a different uniform in 2022, Garoppolo's ongoing recovery from right shoulder surgery along with an active trade market that resulted in several experienced quarterbacks being moved has thus far prevented the 49ers from finding a trade partner. The San Francisco brass has since talked down the possibility of Garoppolo being traded or released, but at the very least, Lance looks like he'll be given every opportunity to compete for the starting job throughout the spring and early portion of the summer. With Garoppolo still in rehab mode from thumb surgery, Lance will get the keys to the offense during OTAs and during minicamp, and with an impressive showing in those workouts, he could head into training camp in the driver's seat for the starting job even if Garoppolo is fully healthy and still on the roster by then.

Apr 26, 2022 10:20 AM EST


Shanahan noncommittal on starter

49ers' head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters Tuesday that he has yet to decide who will be the team's starting quarterback this upcoming season, according to Nick Wagoner of ESPN.

Analysis: While this may sound annoying to those investing in the potential fantasy star, Shanahan did also express confidence in the sophomore's ability to handle the starting job next year, referencing the organization's willingness to move on from a proven starter like Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason. In all likelihood, this is just lip service from San Francisco's front office in an attempt to drum up trade value now that the free-agent quarterback market has all but settled. It wouldn't make a ton of sense from a cap management standpoint to keep Jimmy G and his massive $27 million cap hit past the June 1 deadline. This is not to say that the 49ers wouldn't end up restructuring the veteran's deal to bring him back as an actual backup. Even in the unlikely event that Garoppolo is still on the 49ers' roster as we near OTAs, smart money would be on Lance being handed the keys to Shanahan's offense in 2022.

Mar 30, 2022 9:30 AM EST


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