San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance has season-ending surgery to repair two ankle injuries

San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance has season-ending surgery to repair two ankle injuries

San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance has season-ending surgery to repair two ankle injuries

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After suffering a season-ending right ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is already on the mend.

A day after a 27-7 win against the Seahawks, the Niners announced that Lance had “successful surgery on his injured right ankle.” The procedure took place Monday morning at Stanford Hospital and, according to a statement from the team, repaired two injuries to Lance’s ankle: “a fibula fracture and ligament disruption.”

Right after surgery to repair his broken ankle, Lance took to social media to give some insight into how he’s doing.

Lance tweeted a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed with his right ankle in a cast and a smile on his face.

“I really appreciate all the messages and prayers. Surgery was a success and I’m ready to attack this rehab process,” he wrote. “We’ll never understand why, but I trust it’s all part of his plan. I’ll come back better than ever. This chapter is going to make the story even bigger!”

That rehab process will take some time, and a return this season has been ruled out, but Niners team physician Dr. Tim McAdams said in a statement that he is confident Lance will “make a full recovery in time for a full return in the 2023 season .”

Lance goes to injured reserve this week as veteran Jimmy Garoppolo takes over as San Francisco’s starter, with rookie Brock Purdy stepping in as the backup. San Francisco is expected to add a quarterback to either the active roster or practice squad to provide additional depth.

The ankle injury occurred with about 2:20 left in the first quarter on a zone-read run where Lance decided to keep the ball instead of handing off to receiver Ray-Ray McCloud. Lance broke up the middle, but Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton met him in the hole for a 2-yard gain.

Lance fell awkwardly and his right ankle seemed to buckle under him. Lance looked like he was going to get back up when center Jake Brendel lent a helping hand, but Lance quickly went back down. A cart came out soon after, and Lance was taken to the locker room with his right leg in the air after his teammates offered words of encouragement.

Most of the Niners players and coaches who spoke after the win against Seattle said they knew right away Lance’s injury was serious.

Those who had been through similar injuries, like defensive end Nick Bosa (who tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 2 of the 2020 season), gave Lance some perspective.

“That’s the worst part of the game,” Bosa said. “It happens instantly and there’s no going back. Once it happens, you feel like your life is over for a certain amount of time… Then (the surgery) starts the road back. It’s not going to be easy, but he will back and he’ll be fine. It’s just really tough right now.”

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