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Potential Trey Lance Recovery Timeline Gets Surprising Update

Jason Schandl
New update on Trey Lance is surprisingly good news for the 49ers.
New update on Trey Lance is surprisingly good news for the 49ers. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

An NFL player carted off the field is always hard to watch. An NFL player being put in an air cast and carted off the field is even worse. That's all but a guarantee that the player's season is over, and even a risk that a return the following year could be slow-going.

That's what makes the latest injury update on Trey Lance so shocking.

Being fully healed before the end of the regular season would be an incredible update for Lance and the 49ers. "Fully healed" doesn't mean back in game-shape quite yet, but it would all but guarantee that he'd be able to have a full, healthy offseason.

Don't expect the 49ers to rush Lance back even if Jimmy Garoppolo is struggling, and there's almost no chance they'd make the QB switch if they're in the playoff hunt.

According to the betting markets, being in the playoff picture is the most likely outcome too. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have the 49ers' win total over/under set at 9.5 (with the over favored), and at -166 they're favored to make the playoffs (with the fifth best odds in the NFC).

Maybe even more surprising is what the betting markets say about Jimmy G. He's suddenly ranked No. 14 in the odds to win NFL MVP for the season. At +3900 he's obviously a long-shot, but being in the top half of starting quarterbacks is nothing to scoff at.

Of course, that lofty ranking is also what must be keeping the 49ers' playoff odds so high. If you don't buy Jimmy G as a viable starter and are counting down the days to Lance's return then you're probably best served betting against the Niners' season-long success.

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