After an impressive summer, San Francisco 49ers fans are clamoring for Trey Lance to supplant veteran Jimmy Garoppolo as the team’s starting quarterback. He suffered a minor setback on Sunday, which will probably prevent that move for some time.
The 49ers blew out the Las Vegas Raiders in their preseason finale on Sunday. Unfortunately, it didn’t come without cost, as Trey Lance suffered a finger injury after hitting the helmet of Raiders linebacker Max Richardson. Head coach Kyle Shanahan called it a “chip” in Lance’s finger.
At the time, Adam Schefter reported that Lance would miss about a week. The team was probably set to start Garoppolo anyway, but this probably sealed things for the Week 1 game at the Detroit Lions.
Today, general manager John Lynch gave an update on the 2021 No. 3 pick, who the 49ers made an aggressive trade up to select.
John Lynch on #49ers Trey Lance finger fracture:
“It’s trending in the right direction. Some of the swelling is coming down. Monday is an optimistic look at it. I can promise you this, we’ll do right by Trey and have him in a good place before he’s back out there.”
— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 1, 2021
“But we certainly would love to have him available on Monday,” Lynch added, via ProFootballTalk. “He does everything he can to get well, and he’s working hard at that right now.”
According to reports, Trey Lance appeared with his hand wrapped at the 49ers’ practice on Wednesday.
Lance was a pretty high-variance, boom or bust player this preseason. His 46.3-percent completion rate was the worst among the big five rookies, with Zach Wilson topping out at 75-percent. He was third in passing yards, tied with Justin Fields at 276, and led the way with three passing touchdowns, to one interception. He took the most sacks with six.
Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, and Wilson are all locked in to start Week 1. Lance and Justin Fields are waiting in the wings with the 49ers and Chicago Bears, but most expect that they’ll get their shots to start sooner than later.