SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After suffering a season-ending right ankle injury against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance He is already on the road to recovery.

One day after them They won 27-7 Against the Seahawks, the Niners announced that Lance “had successful surgery on his injured right ankle.” The procedure took place Monday morning at Stanford Hospital and, according to the team’s statement, repaired two injuries to Lance’s ankle: “a fibula fracture and a torn ligament.”

Shortly after surgery to repair his broken ankle, Lance took to social media to give some insight into how he’s feeling.

Lance tweeted a photo of himself lying in a hospital bed with his right ankle in a cast and a smile on his face.

“I really appreciate all the messages and prayers. The surgery was a success and I’m ready to attack this recovery process,” he wrote. “We’ll never understand why, but I believe it’s all part of the plan. I’ll be back better than ever, this chapter will make the story even bigger!”

That rehabilitation process will take some time and a return this season has been ruled out, but Niners team physician Dr. Tim McAdams said in a statement that Lance “will make a full recovery in time for a full return for the 2023 season.”

Lance heads to injured reserve this week as a veteran. Jimmy Garoppolo He took over as San Francisco’s starter with a starter Brooke Purdy Logging in as a backup. San Francisco is expected to add another quarterback to the active roster or practice squad to provide additional depth.

The ankle injury was on a second down zone read run with 2:20 left in the first quarter when Lance decided to keep the ball instead of handing off to a receiver. Ray-Ray McCloud. Lance burst up the middle, but the Seahawks linebacker Cody Barton After a 2-yard gain, he was met in the hole.

Lance fell awkwardly and his right ankle appeared to be bent under him. Lance seems to rise again as the center Jake Brendel He offered a helping hand, but Lance quickly went back down. A cart soon pulled up, and Lance was carried to the locker room with his right leg in the air after his teammates offered words of encouragement.

Most of the Niners players and coaches who spoke after the win over Seattle said they knew right away that Lance’s injury was serious.

As a defense against the same injury Nick Bosa (who tore the ACL in his left knee during the 2020 season), offered Lance some perspective.

“It’s the worst part of the game,” Bosa said. “It happens in an instant and there’s no going back. Once it happens, you feel like your life is gone for a while. … Then that (surgery) starts to get you back on track. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to come back, and it’s going to be okay. It’s really hard right now.”

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