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Kyle Shanhan Discusses Chances of Trey Lance Returning for Playoffs

Isaiah De Los Santos
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shannon discussed the chances of Trey Lance returning for the playoffs.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shannon discussed the chances of Trey Lance returning for the playoffs. / (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The San Francisco 49ers were dealt a huge blow right out of the gate this season, losing starting quarterback Trey Lance in Week 2 to a significant ankle injury. After having surgery to repair the issue, it was expected Lance would likely miss the rest of the season.

San Francisco's success after the injury, though, has prompted questions on if Lance could return in some capacity should the Niners go far in the playoffs. Head coach Kyle Shanahan discussed that possibility with reporters on Wednesday.

Shanahan said there appears to be almost zero chance of Lance suiting up this season. He added things would "have to be pretty drastic" for the team to even consider playing the second-year pro.

This news isn't a major surprise. Lance was given a recovery timeline fo 4-6 months after suffering a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments. It was then suggested soon after that Lance may be fully healed from the surgery in as little as 10-12 weeks in the best-case scenario. Being healed and being able to play in a playoff game are two very different scenarios, however.

The 49ers have no incentive to rush Lance back, especially with Jimmy Garoppolo now rolling under center. San Francisco has won three straight games heading into Week 12 and is 5-3 under Garoppolo as starter this season. Fans will likely have to wait until 2023 to see Lance in uniform again.

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