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49ers get final update on injured reserve player status

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The San Francisco 49ers are a very different team after Week 11 than they were after Week 1. For one, they actually have a track record, which they didn’t after a wet and wild Week 1 game against the Chicago Bears. They also no longer have Jeff Wilson on their roster, which is a shame but has been largely overshadowed by the addition of Christian McCaffrey.

But the biggest change of all has to come under center as Jimmy Garoppolo replaces 2019 third-place finisher Trey Lance after he picked up a serious ankle injury. Though it’s been months since fans have seen Lance on the field, John Lynch did provide fans with an update on his status at KNBR, as transcribed by NBC Sports Bay Area.

“It’s true he’s out of hiking boots and sometimes you see guys with this particular injury — it’s just a serious one,” Lynch. “Instantly, [with] the mobility – or lack thereof – but Trey moves really well.”

Does that mean that if Lance moves well, he could eventually return to the field for the team, either in the regular season or deep in the playoffs? Unfortunately, Lynch nipped that question in the bud.

“I don’t see that as a possibility,” Lynch said. “He made a number on his ankle. … I think that’s a big request to come back this year.”

“We’re really encouraged by the way it’s responding and by the way Trey has worked to make it the best it can be. Trey does a great job, goes to every meeting and supports his teammates. He’s very popular.”

If the idea of ​​Lance starting in, say, the Super Bowl after Garoppolo got the team there was unrealistic, it would be nice to see the former first-round pick as Kyle Shanahan’s QB2 instead of having Brock Purdy just a stone’s throw away Passing the ball with the season on the line.

Finally, when asked if Lance traveled with the 49ers to Colorado and then Mexico City in Week 11, Shanahan corroborated Lynch’s claims that the North Dakota State quarterback is doing well but won’t be returning as soon as von Pro Football Talk on NBC transcribes sports.

“It was cool to get him to travel with it in Colorado for the first time,” Shanahan said. “So he’s in every meeting and he can go all those places with us and have him at the Saturday night meeting or in this case the Sunday night meeting before the game so we can go through all the third downs and the red zone stuff, so he’s preparing.” now feels like he’s playing, except for everything on the field.

Speaking of the field, had Lance returned there in any form?

“I don’t think he’s running away,” Shanahan said. “I know he’s off the boot and walking around fine. I’m not sure where he is right now, but he’s not really taking it hard yet.

“I wasn’t told there was a chance, so I think things would have to be pretty drastic,” Shanahan said. “We didn’t expect that much from the start, I think he’s right on schedule with everything but I wasn’t told there was a chance.”

When the 49ers traded a first-round pick plus an additional third-round pick of 2022 in 2021, 2022, and 2023 to acquire the pick that drafted Lance out of NDSU, it offered the Miami Dolphins one Set of selected assets to build with your team. Although the team only used one of the picks on a player it kept, and Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall picked 102 in the 2022 NFL draft, the other three picks were each moved in one deal or another and played a role in the Taken over by the team Jaylen Waddle, Tyreek Hill and Bradley Chubb.

Ultimately, will Lance’s worth match that of a pair of wide receivers at 1,000 yards and an edge rusher who just agreed to a $110 million overtime? If Lance becomes a true franchise quarterback, that’s possible, but regardless, what’s clear is that the Dolphins have turned their windfall into three blue-chip players who will help them now and for years to come.

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