Foot and ankle surgeon Dr. Kenneth Jung, who is a consultant to the Los Angeles Rams, raised an eyebrow in commenting on a published piece. Tuesday San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance could return to action as soon as December this year after a season-ending right ankle injury he sustained in Sunday’s win over the Seattle Seahawks.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan has given a different diagnosis and is scheduled for Wednesday.
Based on David Bonilla of the 49ers WebZone, Shanahan was asked during his press conference about the possibility of Lance playing again in the 2022 season.
“No, he’s out until next year,” Shanahan replied.
Someone then asked Shanahan if “next year” could mean the post-season tournament will take place in January 2023.
“Next season,” Shanahan replied. “Thanks. That’s what years mean to me.”
49ers announced on Monday that Lance underwent a successful surgery to repair “fracture of the fibula and rupture of the ligament.” Dr. Jung then told Eric’s Branch of the Chronicle of San Francisco (h/t 49ers WebZone) that “this injury is about 10 to 12 weeks” but also said that “there could be a lot of non-medical factors playing a role in keeping him out of action” before the official first day of fall.
“He’s doing the best you can,” Shanahan added of Lance’s recovery. “Trey is great. A lot of guys have talked to him a lot. He’s trying to get into the game this week. I don’t think he’ll be able to until the swelling goes down and the bumps go down. stuff like that, but he’s ‘I’ll be back as part of us sooner.”
Veteran Jimmy Garoppolo is back at the top of the San Francisco depth chart in position contract year and will start when 1-1 49ers play 1-1 Denver Broncos this Sunday night.