What Kyle Shanahan said to Trey Lance after the 49ers QB’s season-ending injury

What Kyle Shanahan said to Trey Lance after the 49ers QB’s season-ending injury

What Kyle Shanahan said to Trey Lance after the 49ers QB’s season-ending injury

In the first quarter of the 49ers’ 27-7 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Trey Lance laid on the grass at Levi’s Stadium and stared at the sky and the reality of his season-ending ankle injury.

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan rushed over to the 22-year-old quarterback but couldn’t muster many words.

“I’m sorry,” Shanahan told Lance on the field, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King. “You played your ass off.”

Lance was run off the track. It was later confirmed that he suffered a broken ankle, ending the former first-round pick’s 2022 season after just five quarters.

“He’s doing as well as you can,” Shanahan said after the game. “When I went out and saw him, he just asked me about a couple of the plays before, about some of his reads. That’s the kind of kid he is, and I hurt for him.”

The 49ers are back in the hands of veteran Jimmy Garoppolo, who ran the offense the past five seasons and returned to the team as the backup behind Lance after taking a massive pay cut after training camp.

Garoppolo knows what it’s like to endure a serious injury early in a season. He suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season, and missed 10 games in 2020 due to ankle injuries.

“Yeah, I saw him a quick second after,” Garoppolo said. “Just wish him the best of luck. Like I said, I’ve been there. I’ve come full circle in this thing and it’s just, it’s tough any time you see a guy get hurt, you feel for him.

“But Trey’s a tough guy. He’ll be fine.”

“Four of our six years here, we’ve lost our starting quarterback to injury,” Shanahan told King. “I mean, you just deal with it. You have to. Our team loves Trey. But these guys, they plan to win games regardless of the obstacles.”

San Francisco wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, who worked out with Lance during the season, revealed that 49ers players talked to Lance at halftime.

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“We tried to rally behind him,” the wide receiver said. “Everybody went to talk to him at halftime. We finished the rest of the game for him, and then we talked to him afterward. But when you have a guy like that that goes down early, it’s always tough.”

As Garoppolo takes back the keys to the 49ers’ offense, Lance begins his long road to recovery.

At least Lance has the support of the 49ers’ locker room.

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