QB Trey Lance undergoes second ankle surgery; expected to be ready for OTAs

Dec 31, 2022, 6:29 PM
Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ...
SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 11: Trey Lance #5 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi's Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
(Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Right at the buzzer of 2022, the San Francisco 49ers slip in an update on quarterback Trey Lance.

San Francisco announced Saturday that former third overall pick Trey Lance underwent a second surgery on his right ankle Friday. The procedure was to remove hardware installed during his initial surgery back in September.

Lance reported discomfort in the region, with the hardware causing irritation due to the proximity of it to a tendon in his ankle. The hardware was removed in the successful surgery, putting the QB on crutches for the next two weeks. He is still expected to make a full recovery in time for OTA’s in May.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance underwent successful surgery on his right ankle yesterday,” the team announced Saturday. The second procedure was performed to remove hardware that was inserted during the initial surgery in September.

Due to the location of the fracture, the required hardware placement was close to a tendon in Lance’s ankle. During the rehab process, their close proximity proved to cause irritation in his ankle. After consulting with multiple experts, the decision was made to have the hardware removed to prevent future issues in the ankle.

Lance will continue his rehab process and is expected to make a full recovery and return for OTA’s.

Lance has been on the injured reserve since suffering the injury Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks. Fracturing the ankle in the first quarter, Seahawks’ linebacker Cody Barton tackled Lance on a designed run up the middle, landing on his ankle with his entire body. The Red & Gold QB needed to be carted off to the locker room, unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Now with the emergence of rookie QB Brock Purdy this season, Lance’s spot as the Day 1 starter could be in question heading into August.

In other team news, the 49ers elevated wide receiver Tay Martin and defensive lineman Kemoko Turay for Week 17’s matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders.


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