Trey Lance’s first season as the San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback is over after fewer than five quarters.
Lance shattered his right ankle in the first half of Sunday’s 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. Lance’s replacement, Jimmy Garoppolo, finished the game and took over as the starter now that Lance is injured.
Kyle Shanahan, the coach, confirmed the injury and said that season-ending surgery for Lance is scheduled for Monday morning.
After the victory, as the Niners entered the locker room, Shanahan similarly addressed his team, encouraging them to be happy about the victory but to take time to remember Lance.
Trey Lance, In a zone-read play, had the choice of handing the ball to receiver Ray-Ray McCloud or keeping it himself and running it up the middle when he was injured. Trey Lance opted for the latter and ran into Seahawks defender Cody Barton after gaining 2 yards. Lance stumbled as he fell, and it appeared his right ankle had folded under him. Before getting hurt, Lance was 2-of-3 throwing for 30 yards and also had three carries for 13 yards.
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Jake Brendel, the center, attempted to assist Lance at first as he looked about to stand up again. However, Lance suddenly fell back to the ground, and the cart was called out to help him off the field. As teammates poured onto the field to cheer him on, Lance’s right leg was likewise placed in an air cast.
Most of the 49ers, including Shanahan, were aware that Lance had sustained a serious injury right away and anticipated the worst when the second-year quarterback was later declared ineligible for the game.