49ers QB Trey Lance taken off on cart with ankle injury

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was taken off the field on a cart Sunday after injuring his right ankle.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was pulled off the field on a cart Sunday after injuring his right ankle.

Lance went down after playing the ball on the second drive of the game against the Seattle Seahawks. A trolley came onto the field and Lance’s leg was placed in an air cast before being lifted off. The 49ers immediately announced that he would not be returning.

Lance’s teammates and several Seahawks players paid their respects before he left the field and was replaced by former starter Jimmy Garoppolo.

Lance had taken over the starting job from Garoppolo this season after being drafted third overall in 2021. San Francisco traded three first-round picks to move up nine spots to take on Lance and invested heavily in him.

But Lance mostly spent his rookie season on the bench watching Garoppolo as the Niners went all the way to the NFC title game before losing to the Rams.

San Francisco planned to trade Garoppolo this offseason but couldn’t after he underwent shoulder surgery in March.

Garoppolo remained in the squad but did not train with the side at all during training camp and threw alone on an ancillary field before agreeing to return as a substitute on a reduced contract this season.

Instead of the $24.2 million non-guaranteed base salary owed to Garoppolo this season, he will be paid a fully guaranteed base salary of $6.5 million, $500,000 in roster bonuses and the opportunity to earn nearly $9 million dollars more in playtime bonuses.

Now he could have a shot at a more significant role depending on how long Lance has been injured. Garoppolo didn’t take long to get on form, throwing a 38-yard TD pass to Ross Dwelley on his first full possession.

Lance was 2 for 30 for 30 yards pass and had three carries for 13 yards before leaving the game. This is the second time Lance has been injured in his short tenure in the NFL. He injured his knee after his first start against Arizona last season when Garoppolo was injured.

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