SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is already on his way to recovery after suffering a season-ending right ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks.
A day after their 27–7 win against the Seahawks, the Niners announced that Lance 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: “a fibula fracture and ligament disruption,” according to a statement from the team.
Soon after the operation to repair his broken ankle, Lance took to social media and shared some information about how he was feeling.
Lance tweeted a picture of himself lying on a hospital bed with his right ankle and a smile on his face.
He wrote, “I really appreciate all the messages and prayers. The surgery was successful and I am ready to attack this rehab process.” “We’ll never understand why, but I believe this is all a part of his plan. I’ll be back better than ever. This chapter is going to make the story even bigger!”
Really appreciate all the messages and prayers. The surgery was successful and I am ready to attack this rehab process. We’ll never understand why, but I believe it’s all a part of his plan. I’ll be back better than ever. This chapter is about to make the story even bigger! pic.twitter.com/l5hoBWsLDw
— Trey Lance (@treylance09) September 19, 2022
That rehab process will take some time, and a return this season has been ruled out, but Niners team physician Dr. Tim McAdams said in a statement that he is confident Lance is “in time for a full return in the 2023 season.” Will be completely fine.”
Lance will move to injured reserve this week as veteran Jimmy Garoppolo takes over as San Francisco’s starter, with rookie Brock Purdy stepping in as backup. San Francisco is expected to add another quarterback to the active roster or practice squad to provide additional depth.
The ankle injury occurred at about 2:20, a second-down zone-read run in the first quarter in which Lance decided to keep the ball instead of handing it to receiver Ray-Ray McCloud. Lance burst into the middle, but Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton met him in the hole after a 2-yard lead.
Lance fell awkwardly and his right ankle appeared to be bent under him. Lance looked like he was about to go back up as soon as Jake Brendel offered help, but Lance quickly went downstairs. A car came out soon after, and Lance was escorted to the locker room with his right leg in an air cast after offering words of encouragement by his teammates.
Most of the Niners players and coaches who spoke after the win against Seattle said they knew immediately that Lance’s injury was serious.
Those who had gone through similar injuries, such as defensive end Nick Bossa (who tore an ACL in his left knee in Week 2 of the 2020 season), offered some perspective to Lance.
“It’s the worst part of the game,” Bossa said. “It happens immediately and there is no turning back. Once it happens, you feel that your life is over for a certain period of time. … Then it (surgery) starts your way back. It’s not going to be easy, but will come back, and he’ll be fine. Right now it’s really tough.”