Aug 29, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) runs the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders in the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

49ers QB Trey Lance out one week with ‘small chip’ in finger

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance is expected to miss about a week with a “small chip” in his finger, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

Shanahan did not say which finger is injured, but Lance was favoring his right (throwing) hand late in the first half of Sunday’s preseason finale against Las Vegas.

The rookie hit his hand on the helmet of a Raiders defender during a follow-through. He played one more series in the third quarter before coming out of the game.

“It wasn’t bothering him much, because he just thought it was jammed on a helmet,” Shanahan said. “And then when you get all the images on it — when they showed it to me, it’s a microchip of a bone that’s off. He chipped it, which is a small chip fracture, which is worse than a jam. That’s why it’s not going to just heal on its own. He can’t take snaps and do all that stuff right now.

“We’re just going to rest it for seven days, they say, and that should make it heal and hopefully it’ll be good next Monday when we get into practice.”

Lance, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, is competing for playing time with veteran incumbent Jimmy Garoppolo. Lance went 19 of 41 for 276 yards this preseason, throwing three touchdown passes and one interception and adding a rushing score.

The 49ers open their regular season Sept. 12 on the road against the against the Detroit Lions.

–Field Level Media

August 14, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warm up before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Shanahan has ‘good idea’ of starting QB but won’t spill

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t see a reason to name a Week 1 starting quarterback yet — other than to get reporters to stop asking him.

Asked Wednesday about the status of the competition between Jimmy Garoppolo and first-round draft pick Trey Lance, Shanahan said he had a “pretty good idea” of which quarterback he’d name to start, but wasn’t ready to share it yet.

“If there would be one reason I can think of by naming it that would help, it’d be to end those questions,” Shanahan said. “If you could give me another reason that it’s a big advantage that helps our team, affects anything that has to do with us, then I will name it. But I don’t think it does.

“And you know, why tell people? I know you guys want an answer, which is fine. I get the suspense of it, but I’m not just going to answer it to end your guys’ suspense.”

Shanahan’s remarks came hours after the Jacksonville Jaguars officially named No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence their starting quarterback and the Denver Broncos announced Teddy Bridgewater would start over Drew Lock.

It leaves the 49ers as the one of the few remaining teams without a Week 1 starter solidified — or at least publicly known.

Garoppolo was asked Wednesday if Shanahan had divulged to him which quarterback would start Week 1 against the host Detroit Lions.

“Yeah, I have a pretty good idea,” Garoppolo said. “It’s whatever (Shanahan) decides, yeah. I have a pretty good idea. I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now and everything and just the offense as a whole.

“Yeah, Kyle’s the head man. He’ll make the call.”

Shanahan said at the start of training camp that Garoppolo was entering camp as the No. 1 on the depth chart and Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in April, would start as second string. The fifth-year Niners coach also said this month that Lance would see the field at least “situationally” during his rookie season.

Reports out of San Francisco’s camp have said Lance has received more first-team snaps of late.

Garoppolo has a 22-8 regular-season record as the 49ers’ starter but has battled a number of injuries, including a torn ACL and two high ankle sprains. He started Super Bowl LIV for the Niners, a game they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Trey Lance (5) and Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throw the football during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance to replace Jimmy Garoppolo in preseason opener

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will start the San Francisco 49ers’ preseason opener this weekend and play one series before giving way to heralded rookie Trey Lance against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan said Lance, the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, would play the remainder of the first half, barring a quick three-and-out on Saturday.

“We’re trying to start our starters for about one series,” Shanahan told KNBR on Thursday. “You hope it’s not a three and out, except on defense. On offense, you hope you can go down and score in six plays or something like that and get those guys out.

“I’m not playing every starter, but there’s some starters I want to keep out for health reasons and things like that. But most of our guys, I plan on playing, and we’ll get them out quickly. Once they’re out, I’m hoping Trey can finish out that first half. We’ll see how many plays he gets and what the situations are.”

Lance is the heir apparent to Garoppolo, who has been deemed the 49ers’ starting quarterback this season by Shanahan.

Garoppolo, 29, is 22-8 as the 49ers’ starter in the regular season, but injuries — a torn ACL, a sprained throwing shoulder and two high ankle sprains — have limited the quarterback. Acquired from the New England Patriots on Oct. 31, 2017, for a 2018 second-round draft pick, Garoppolo started just 25 games over the past three seasons as is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

In 31 games (30 starts) in San Francisco, Garoppolo has completed 67.5 percent (596 of 883) of his passes for 7,352 yards with 46 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

Lance brings to the 49ers a resume that includes 19 college games at FCS program North Dakota State. All but three of those games were in 2019, when Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while running for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the Bison to a 28-20 win over James Madison in the FCS title game after the 2019 season.

The 49ers finished last season with a 6-10 record and open the 2021 season Sept. 12 at Detroit.

–Field Level Media

May 25, 2021; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) warms up during Organized Team Activities at San Francisco 49ers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance signs contract with 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance signed his four-year, $34.1 million fully guaranteed rookie contract, his agency CAA announced on Wednesday.

Lance was selected third overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, following fellow quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Zach Wilson (New York Jets) off the board. Wilson is the lone unsigned first-round pick of the past draft.

Although Lance was selected with a high pick, coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that veteran Jimmy Garoppolo will be atop the depth chart as training camp opens.

“There’s no open competition, where they’re getting equal reps with the same group,” Shanahan said Tuesday. “Jimmy’s coming in as the 1, Trey as the 2.”

Lance brings to the 49ers a resume that includes 19 college games at FCS program North Dakota State. All but three of those games were in 2019, when Lance threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions, while running for 1,110 yards and 14 touchdowns. He led the Bison to a 28-20 win over James Madison in the FCS title game after the 2019 season.

Garoppolo, 29, is 22-8 as the 49ers starter in the regular season but injuries — a torn ACL, a sprained throwing shoulder and two high ankle sprains — have limited the quarterback. Acquired from the New England Patriots on Oct. 31, 2017, for a 2018 second-round draft pick, Garoppolo started just 25 games over the past three seasons and is entering the fourth year of a five-year, $137.5 million contract.

The 49ers finished last season with a 6-10 record. They open the 2021 season Sept. 12 at Detroit.

–Field Level Media

Nov 1, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) returns to the locker room following pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Garoppolo says 49ers gave him heads up about QB pick

San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Tuesday said the 49ers were “straightforward” with him during the draft process and gave him a heads up about their plan to take a quarterback.

Garoppolo made the comments during an interview with CBS Sports Radio, his first publicly since the draft.

The Niners moved up nine spots to select North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the No. 3 overall pick in last week’s NFL draft, a move general manager John Lynch made sure Garoppolo knew about beforehand.

Lynch “didn’t tell me who or how they were going to do it. But he gave me the heads up before,” Garoppolo told CBS Sports Radio. “John has been really cool throughout this whole process. Throughout the whole thing, it could have gotten a little fishy here and there, but he was really straightforward and I appreciate him for that.”

The communication stands in stark contrast to the situation in Green Bay, where All-Pro quarterback Aaron Rodgers is reportedly threatening to not play for the Packers this season, in part over his dissatisfaction with how the team comported itself in the 2020 draft; the Packers traded up to select Utah State QB Jordan Love in the first round but neglected to tell Rodgers.

Garoppolo is 22-8 as the Niners’ starter in three seasons but has missed 23 games with injuries, including 10 games in 2020.

“It was one of those things where I know (Lance) is going to come in here, there’s going to be some competition between us like there was with me and Tom (Brady) in New England,” Garoppolo told CBS Sports Radio. “All you can ask for is the opportunity. So, once they said you’ll have the opportunity to start this year and fight it out, I was all for it. I’m ready for the competition and that’s what we’re here for.”

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Nov 29, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan watches from the sidelines during the game against the Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Rams 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

49ers to take QB at No. 3, defer on Jimmy Garoppolo’s future

The San Francisco 49ers plan to select a quarterback with the third overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Monday.

Shanahan and general manager John Lynch, speaking at their pre-draft press conference, each alluded to the fact that they had the quarterback position in mind when they made a trade with the Miami Dolphins to move up from No. 12 overall to No. 3.

“What I’m proud of with what we’ve done is we could have sat there at 12 and waited to see which one came to us, and I think whichever one did, if one did … I think that could have looked really good,” Shanahan said.

“But we made a decision in this process that we felt we needed to get a starting quarterback this year and add that to our team. And when we sit there at 12 way back in the day, we wanted to dictate it. We also were worried: Maybe the one we end up wanting doesn’t fall to 12.”

After San Francisco traded the No. 12 pick, its next two first-rounders and a 2022 third-rounder to Miami to move up to No. 3, NFL Network reported that the 49ers told quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo he was “still in (their) plans.” But Garoppolo’s future with the team is now in doubt following Shanahan’s comments about drafting a “starting” quarterback, and he could be an attractive trade target for another team.

Shanahan effectively dodged the question when asked if he was certain if Garoppolo would be on the 49ers’ roster by the end of the week.

“I can’t guarantee that anybody in the world will be alive Sunday, so I can’t guarantee who will be on our roster on Sunday. So that goes for all of us,” he said.

Since arriving in San Francisco via trade from the New England Patriots in 2017, Garoppolo has started 30 games; the 49ers went 22-8 in those starts. He quarterbacked the team to Super Bowl LIV, a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. But multiple injuries caused him to miss most of the 2018 and 2020 seasons.

Shanahan said he feels good about five different quarterback prospects for the third pick. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson are widely expected to go with the first two picks to the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets, respectively. San Francisco then would have its pick among the next three options: Justin Fields of Ohio State, Mac Jones of Alabama and Trey Lance of North Dakota State.

ESPN’s Todd McShay reported Monday that Shanahan wants to select Jones, but others in the front office are pushing for Lance.

Lynch said he “will always defer to” Shanahan on the topic of quarterbacks. Shanahan is the 49ers’ offensive play-caller and has a track record as an offensive coordinator in Houston, Washington, Cleveland and Atlanta.

But the decision at No. 3 will be made jointly by Lynch and Shanahan, Lynch added.

–Field Level Media