49ers news: Trey Lance suffered finger fracture vs. Raiders
By Peter Panacy
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday that quarterback Trey Lance suffered a minor finger fracture in the preseason finale versus the Raiders.
Not to panic, but San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Trey Lance just suffered his first NFL injury.
The injury took place during the Niners’ preseason finale — a 34-10 win over the Las Vegas Raiders at Levi’s Stadium when a Raiders defender reached the first-year signal-caller as he was attempting to deliver a pass.
What appeared to be Lance’s index finger on his throwing hand struck the player’s helmet. And while Lance didn’t come out of the game and continued playing, it did appear as if he was favoring it a bit.
Lance shrugged off any suggestions it was a serious injury after the game.
On Monday, speaking via a conference call with reporters, head coach Kyle Shanahan clarified Lance had a small “chip” on one of his fingers, news of which was reported by many within the media, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
No alarm bells here. And it’s certainly a good thing San Francisco won’t play again until its regular-season opener on Sept. 12 on the road against the Detroit Lions.
Additionally, Shanahan reported reserve offensive tackle Shon Coleman suffered a triceps strain and “will be out for a while.”
No long-term implications for 49ers, Trey Lance
Despite the 49ers’ regular rotation between Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo during the first two or so quarters against the Raiders, multiple signs still point to Jimmy G being named the Niners’ Week 1 starter.
Shanahan noted during halftime of the exhibition finale he probably wouldn’t rotate the two quarterbacks regularly, although there’s plenty of speculation Lance will get in on various packages and plays when Shanahan deems fit.
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Given Lance will be out a week and no more, it doesn’t appear as if that plan will be out the window, although Shanahan might be a tad bit more cautious with the No. 3 overall pick from this year’s NFL Draft than he otherwise could have been.
Probably not, though. Seriously, it’s a minor injury.