San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance undergoes season-end surgery to repair two ankle injuries

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After a season-ending right ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is already on the road to recovery.

A day after their 27-7 win against the Seahawks, the Niners announced that Lance had had “successful surgery on his injured right ankle.” The procedure took place Monday morning at Stanford Hospital and repaired two injuries to Lance’s ankle, according to a statement from the team: “a fibula fracture and ligament disruption.”

Shortly after surgery to repair his broken ankle, Lance took to social media to provide some insight into how he’s feeling.

Lance tweeted a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed with his right ankle in a cast and a smile on his face.

“I really appreciate all the messages and prayers. The surgery was a success and I am ready to tackle this rehabilitation process,” he wrote. “We’ll never understand why, but I trust it’s all part of His plan. I’ll be back better than ever. This chapter will make the story even bigger!”

That rehabilitation process will take some time and a return this season is out of the question, but the Niners team’s doctor, Dr. Tim McAdams, in a statement, said he is confident Lance will “recover fully in time for a full return in the 2023 season.”

Lance will move into injured reserve this week as veteran Jimmy Garoppolo takes over as the San Francisco starter, with rookie Brock Purdy as backup. San Francisco is expected to add another quarterback to the active roster or exhibition squad to provide additional depth.

The ankle injury occurred with about 2:20 to go in the first quarter on a second-down zone read run in which Lance decided to keep the ball instead of handing it over to receiver Ray-Ray McCloud. Lance burst through the middle, but Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton met him in the hole after a 2-yard gain.

Lance fell awkwardly and his right ankle seemed to fold under him. Lance looked like he was going to get up right away when Jake in the middle offered Brendel a helping hand, but Lance quickly went back down. Shortly after, a cart came out and Lance was taken to the locker room with his right leg in the air after his teammates spoke words of encouragement.

Most Niners players and coaches who spoke after the Seattle win said they knew right away that Lance’s injury was serious.

Those who had endured similar injuries, such as defensive end Nick Bosa (who tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 2 of the 2020 season), offered Lance some perspective.

“It’s the worst part of the game,” Bosa said. “It happens immediately and there is no going back. Once it happens, you feel like your life is over for some time. … Then that (operation) starts your way back. It won’t be easy, but he’ll come back, and he’ll be fine. It’s just really hard right now.”

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