49ers Trey Lance out for 2022 season after breaking his ankle in Week 2; undergoes successful surgery


It’s already been a rough start to the 2022 season for Trey Lance, and things got a lot worse on Sunday. During the first quarter of the San Francisco 49ers’ Week 2 game against the Seattle Seahawks, the sophomore quarterback went down with an injury and was carried off the field with an air cast on his right leg.

After the match, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Lance would be out for the rest of the season.

On Monday, the team announced that Lance has undergone successful ankle surgery and is expected to make a full recovery before the 2023 season.

“Surgery was performed at Stanford Hospital and repaired two injuries to Lance’s ankle, a fibula fracture and ligament disruption,” the team said in via statement. “Lance will begin the rehabilitation process and head team physician Dr. Tim McAdams is confident he will make a full recovery in time for a full return in the 2023 season.”

Lance also posted an update and a photo on Twitter, thanking everyone for their positive thoughts.

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

Following the injury, the 49ers were quick to announce after Lance’s fall that the QB would be out for the remainder of the game. Veteran backup Jimmy Garoppolo, who returned to the team with a revised contract just before the start of the season, replaced him in the first quarter. Garoppolo led the 49ers to a 27-7 victory.

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The injury happened to a Lance goalkeeper at second-and-8. He initially tried to get up, but then went back down and appeared to be in pain as he lay on the field, grabbing his helmet and rocking back and forth.

Garoppolo, who took no training camp or pre-season snaps, completed his first four passes after coming in. The 49ers had been considering swapping their former Super Bowl starting QB, but now Jimmy G is back at the top of the depth chart for the foreseeable future.

Lance got off to a rocky start in Week 1 of his first season as the 49ers’ designated starter, completing 13 of 28 passes against the Bears for 164 yards with an interception in the upset loss. The game was played in wild, wet weather, which played a big part in his troubles.

Before being discharged, Lance was 2 or 3 for 30 yards and the 49ers were leading 3-0. On the ground, Lance had three carries for 13 yards.