49ers QB Trey Lance Will Need Surgery After Season-Ending Ankle Injury
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the team’s 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. The win put the 49ers in first place in the NFC West by way of division record. Lance broke his ankle late in the first quarter by being rolled up on after executing a zone-read play with wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud. Lance had to be carted off the field and into the locker room. 49ers Head Coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Lance’s injury to media, and said that Lance is scheduled to undergo ankle surgery that will put an end to his 2020 NFL season.
Prior to the injury, Lance had 2-of-3 passing attempts for 30 yards, and 13 rushing yards off 3 carries. When speaking to media, Shanahan expressed remorse for Lance’s injury and explained how the impact of the injury dulls the excitement of a win against a division rival.
“You feel for someone so bad. It’s sad but you don’t have time to sit there and think about it. You’ve got to get right back to the game, and the guys did a real good job of that. I’m really happy about the win, but it’s a little somber once you get in the locker room.”
Shanahan continued on, expressing regret by saying he wishes that he could have dialed up a different play after seeing Lance get injured, but remained steadfast in believing that the plays he and his coaching staff call will put his players in the best position to succeed. Tackle Mike McGlinchey spoke about the significance of the quarterback’s injury, and how seeing the cart come out for Lance was a daunting reminder to all players that anyone can have their season end on any given play, at any given time.
“It’s a haunting moment for anybody that’s on the football field, and it can happen to anybody. Unfortunately, it happened to him on that play and we’re praying for him and hope he just gets better.”
Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo came in for Lance, and led the 49ers to a win over its division rival. After being linked to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason via trade, and originally being told by Shanahan that the 49ers were going in the direction of Trey Lance, Garoppolo reportedly decided to stay with the San Francisco 49ers for the 2022 season. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Garoppolo has agreed to a restructured one-year deal with the 49ers. The deal includes a no-trade and no-tag clause, meaning that Garoppolo will have the freedom to leave the 49ers at the end of the season.
Schefter explained the details of Garoppolo’s new deal, which involves a guaranteed $6.5 million in base salary with another $500,000 coming from roster bonuses. The contract also has incentives, including playing time that boosts the total value up to $16 million. Garoppolo reportedly earned a total of $350,000 on Sunday, with $100,000 of it coming as a result of a win against the Seahawks.
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