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Lance did not enter Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Head coach Kyle Shanahan surprisingly did not use Lance at all after giving the rookie three plays against the Lions in Week 1. Jimmy Garoppolo got 100 percent of the offensive snaps in this one, and appears to have a firm grasp on the starting job for the 2-0 49ers. Lance may still have some plays drawn up for him as we progress through the year, but a change in the depth chart would have to come from an injury to Garoppolo or an extended cold streak from San Francisco.
Sep 20, 2021 2:10 PM EST
Lance completed his only pass attempt for a five-yard touchdown and rushed three times for two yards in Sunday's 41-33 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Jimmy Garoppolo (314 yards and a touchdown) got the start as expected, and Lance also had a few plays drawn up for him which was also to be expected. The rookie couldn't get anything going on the ground, but his five-yard strike to Trent Sherfield on a zag route was right on target. Accuracy on short-to-medium throws is what Lance struggled with at times during the preseason, so this was a nice debut (albeit a brief one). The 49ers figure to continue getting the third-overall pick into games in specific scenarios, but he won't have fantasy value so long as Garoppolo is starting and playing well. Even if the latter scenario continues to play out, it will be interesting to see if Lance will get more involved in certain packages as the season progresses.
Sep 12, 2021 2:47 PM EST
Lance (finger) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at Detroit. David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Just two weeks removed from jamming his right hand and suffering a chip fracture in one of his fingers in the process in preseason Week 3, Lance will be available to the 49ers offense Sunday. But it remains to be seen in what capacity. Since then, the team has named veteran Jimmy Garoppolo the starting quarterback, which is no surprise considering his grasp of coach Kyle Shanahan's scheme. Exhibition season revealed that both Garoppolo and Lance can coexist in the offense, though, meaning the third overall pick of the 2021 draft may see his initial NFL action this weekend.
Sep 10, 2021 1:32 PM EST
Lance (finger) remained limited at practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Lance's health has been a question mark since he suffered a chip fracture in one of the fingers on his right throwing hand Aug. 29. There was some worry along the way that he could miss time beyond Week 1, but his ability to string together back-to-back practices nonetheless is a decent sign he may suit up Sunday in Detroit, especially after appearing to throw without issue during the open portion of Thursday's session. He'll have one more opportunity to bump to all activity on the field before the 49ers are required to give him a designation -- or not at all -- Friday. Still, even if he plays Sunday, Lance will be the No. 2 quarterback to starter Jimmy Garoppolo, leaving him limited to particular snaps in the game plan.
Sep 9, 2021 2:54 PM EST
Lance (finger) was throwing without issue during the part of Thursday's practice open to the media, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Lance made some light throws Wednesday, but the 49ers termed him limited in their first injury report of Week 1. According to Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site, Lance wasn't donning a brace or even a splint on his right throwing hand one day later, which could mean he bumps up to full participant. In the end, Lance's activity level will become known later Thursday.
Sep 9, 2021 12:48 PM EST
Lance (finger) will be a limited practice participant Wednesday, but coach Kyle Shanahan isn't sure if the rookie will be available Sunday against the Lions, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Shanahan initially said Lance would be out for about a week after he "chipped" his finger in the final preseason game. The timeline was optimistic, but Lance did resume throwing earlier this week and is scheduled to do more during Wednesday's practice. He could have a small package of plays if he's cleared for the season opener in Detroit.
Sep 8, 2021 1:01 PM EST
Lance (finger) didn't throw during the portion of Monday's practice open to the media, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Lance was spotted without a splint on his right hand and working on his footwork, but it appears he hasn't progressed enough to toss passes. He's a little more than a week removed from suffering what coach Kyle Shanahan called a "chip fracture" in his finger, which he was able to tough out after jamming it during the 49ers' preseason finale on Aug. 29. Lance's expected timetable at the time was about one week, but that seems to have been optimistic. With San Francisco set to travel to Detroit for a Week 1 matchup this Sunday, the team will release its first injury report of the season Wednesday, which appears as if it'll include Lance as a limited participant.
Sep 6, 2021 11:24 AM EST
Lance (may need more than a week to recover from his finger injury, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Early reports of a one-week timeline may have been too optimistic, but that doesn't mean Lance is facing a long-term absence. David Lombardi of The Athletic adds that Lance is going through all the drills at Wednesday's practice but then flipping the ball aside rather than throwing it to a teammate. While Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to get the Week 1 start regardless, Lance's injury could impact San Francisco's red-zone gameplan if August reports are to be believed. There's been talk of the Niners rotating Lance in for some QB snaps, particularly in the red zone where a mobile signal-caller can be especially valuable.
Sep 1, 2021 3:24 PM EST
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