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Trey Lance's ankle injury ends 49ers QB’s season

The former Bison quarterback reportedly sustained a broken ankle Sunday that will require season-ending surgery, per an ESPN report.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) slaps hands with fellow 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) as he heads to the sidelines during a Sept. 26, 2021 game against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
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The San Francisco 49ers can count themselves lucky that they weren’t able to find a trade partner for Jimmy Garoppolo. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, starter Trey Lance’s year is likely over, just two games into the season.

Schefter tweeted: “49ers’ QB Trey Lance suffered a significant ankle injury today that is expected to require surgery that likely will end his season, per source.”
Before his injury, Lance had completed 2 of 3 passes for 10 yards and ran three times for 13 yards. Garoppolo finished the 49ers' 27-7 win over Seattle, completing 13 of 21 throws for 154 yards and a touchdown. He also ran four times for five yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco wanted to trade Garoppolo, a former Patriots backup, during the offseason in an attempt to fully commit to Lance, their second-year quarterback while also clearing salary cap space.

But unable to find a suitable return for him, they held on to Garoppolo as a backup and a potential trade piece that could become valuable if another contender lost their starter.


But the contender who lost a QB was the Niners themselves, as Lance had to be carted off the field. Garoppolo, who has led San Francisco to an NFC title, is now back in the starting role.

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