SANTA CLARA – Trey Lance’s teammates shared their support for the young quarterback Sunday after he suffered a fractured ankle in the 49ers’ 27-7 win over the Seahawks.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Bosa, two key figures for the 49ers the rest of the way, were able to empathize with Lance, as they have both been down the path he is about to begin.
In Week 3 of the 2018 season, Garoppolo sustained a season-ending knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament tear) on a run in Kansas City.
”I’ve come full circle in this thing,” Garoppolo said, “and it’s just, it’s tough whenever you see a guy get hurt, you feel for him. But Trey’s a tough dude, he’ll be all right.”
In Week 2 of the 2020 season, Bosa’s cleat got stuck in MetLife Stadium’s new turf, his left knee blew out, and he needed ACL reconstruction, among other fixes.
“It’s the worst part of the game, obviously. It happens instantly and there’s no going back,” Bosa said. “Once it happens, you feel like your life is over, for a certain amount of time.
“(Surgery) starts your road back. It’s not going to be easy, but he will be back, and he’ll be fine. It’s just really tough right now.”
Bosa talked of the dark days and despair he endured before his sensational comeback last season, when he produced a career-high 15 ½ sacks in the regular season (and four sacks in three playoff games).
Stephania Bell, ESPN’s injury analyst who did an exceptional job chronicling Alex Smith’s recovery, liked the support she heard from Lance’s teammates after Sunday’s game.
She referred to Bosa “being a great teammate,” and that “only the people who have been through it can really relate.” To that end, she noted that Garoppolo’s 2018 ACL tear “will probably help Lance see light at the end of the tunnel.”
Nick Bosa being a great teammate. Only the people who have been through it can really relate. Remember Jimmy G also had a season-ending injury (ACL) a couple years ago. Relationship between him and Lance will probably help Lance see light at end of the tunnel. https://t.co/F8KCdcWk5y
— Stephania Bell (@Stephania_ESPN) September 18, 2022
Dr. David Chao, a former NFL team doctor for the Chargers, said he expects Lance to fully recover for next season. Unlike the compound fracture and ensuing life-threatening infections that ex-49ers QB Alex Smith endured with Washington, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News