San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance suffered sprained knee in first start


SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As it turns out, Jimmy Garoppolo won’t be the only San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has to stay in the Bay Area on the team’s bye week to recover from an injury.

That’s because rookie signal-caller Trey Lance suffered a left knee sprain in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

Lance had an MRI on Monday morning and isn’t expected to miss much time, especially since the 49ers are on bye and won’t play again until they meet the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 24.

“It’s not a long-term injury but they did say they won’t be able to know until (later),” Shanahan said. “He’ll have to stay here on the bye week and get treatment and everything, so we should have a good idea by the end of the next week whether he has got a chance for Indy or not. If he doesn’t, they told me it should be like a one-to-two-week thing but possibly just one.”

After Sunday’s loss, Lance said he felt “fine” despite taking plenty of hits. Lance finished 15-of-29 for 192 yards with an interception and had 16 carries for 89 yards.

But Lance told Shanahan that he first started feeling something wrong with his knee just before he went to bed Sunday night.

According to Shanahan, neither he nor Lance could pinpoint an exact moment when the injury happened. Still, Lance will have to spend the bye week with Garoppolo rehabbing before a determination can be made on his Week 7 availability.

“I was messing with Trey and Jimmy that now Jimmy just got some company,” Shanahan said. “So, they’ll be here, both of them the whole week so they have the best chance to be ready for Monday when we all get back.”

Shanahan has maintained that Garoppolo would return to the starting role once he returns from his right calf injury. Shanahan was again optimistic that Garoppolo’s return to the lineup will come against the Colts, given that he nearly was able to play against Arizona and now has an extra week to rehab and heal.

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