Kyle Shanahan: Trey Lance is “right on schedule” in recovery from broken ankle

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The 49ers lost quarterback Trey Lance in Week Two with a broken ankle. Lance has since found his way back to the team, as the injury has continued to heal.

Lance traveled with the 49ers to Mexico City for their game against the Cardinals. He also was present for the week of practice in Colorado, aimed at acclimating to the altitude in Mexico City.

“It was cool just getting him to travel with this for the first time out in Colorado, so him being in every meeting and being able to go all those places with us and have him on the Saturday night meeting, or in this case the Sunday night meeting, before the game so we can go over all the third downs and red zone stuff, so now he’s preparing like he’s playing except for everything on the field,” coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday regarding Lance.

Shanahan was asked about Lance’s current status, physically.

“I don’t think he’s running,” Shanahan said. “I know he is out of the boot, walking around well. I’m not sure exactly where he is at in that, but he’s not going real hard at it yet.”

Shanahan made it clear that, even as Lance recovers, they don’t expect him to be back for the postseason.

“I haven’t been told there’s a chance, so I think things would have to be pretty drastic,” Shanahan said. “We weren’t expecting that much from the beginning, I think he’s right on schedule with everything, but I’ve not been told there’s a chance.”

There’s a very good chance the 49ers will have a tough decision to make when 2023 rolls around. Lance will be entering the third year of his contract. Current starter Jimmy Garoppolo will be headed for free agency. What the 49ers eventually do then will undoubtedly be influenced by what they do over the balance of the current season.

16 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Trey Lance is “right on schedule” in recovery from broken ankle

  1. Also on schedule to be the biggest bust in the history of the NFL. The impact will really be felt once Jimmy-glass goes down for the season in the next few weeks.

  2. Buyer’s remorse over Trey Lance? Niners aren’t contenders to advance to the SB if he’s starting for them.

  3. I think it’s the Niners and Chiefs in the Super Bowl again, only this time Jimmy G comes out on top. Will Niners move on from Jimmy then? I think they should

  4. The 9ers would probably be better with Lance at this point of the season than Jimmy G. Someone who can actually possibly make plays on his own outside the structure of the offense m

  5. Sign Jimmy and leave Lance as the back up. It’s pretty simple if you aren’t emotionally invested in the players or the team.

  6. Jimmy has been a good sport through this entire things but I see him testing the waters in FA. There are pkenty of teams who will be willing to throw 30 million a year for him.

  7. So, let me get this straight. He breaks an ankle and then skips out for 9 weeks? Can’t attend meetings or watch practice the last 9 weeks? I can understand a week or two, but they’re praising him for coming back to the job 9 weeks later? Wow. The amount of resources they gave up for this guy was staggering and he clearly does not have the right stuff. You know Shanahan is PO’ed about it but can’t even hint at it. Better off keeping Jimmy G next year. This guy does not have it.

  8. Trey Lance is “right on schedule” to being replaced by either Two Yard Tommy or Arrogant Aaaron next season. Jimmy G would rather be anywhere in the world than back with the 9ers — who have treated him like “*hit” for the last two years. Lance is a fraud, but Shana-Lynch will keep him sitting on the bench because it’s better than releasing him and admitting they squandered massive draft capital on a complete and total draft reach.

  9. Can’t judge him since he really hasn’t played in three years. However,?has there ever been a player who played so little that received this much attention. He shouldn’t.

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