Trey Lance returned to 49ers practice on a limited basis on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a chip fracture in his right index finger. While the definition of a “limited” practice varies, the good news for the 49ers and their rookie quarterback is that he was back to throwing footballs during the session.
Lance had only practiced on air in three workouts since his injury in the final preseason game, including one on Monday. He wasn’t snapping the ball or throwing it. The bandage on his finger was removed on Monday, but it was his first time working with footballs on Wednesday as he prepares for his first NFL game on Sunday in Detroit.
Reporters on the ground at the 49ers’ facility had video of the rookie making throws:
The San Francisco Chronicle’s Eric Branch also provided this rousing update:
#49ers QB Trey Lance just threw a pass, with velocity, 20 yards downfield.— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 8, 2021
There’s no guarantee on whether this points the arrow firmly toward Lance playing Sunday. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said the team is still in wait-and-see mode.
“I’m not sure yet,” Shanahan said when asked if Lance will be ready for the opener. “We’ll see how practice goes today. We haven’t been able to do anything live yet. He can do it on air, but that’ll be decided off of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.”
If Lance continues getting work in throughout the week with no setbacks, it seems like he’ll be in line to play. The 49ers protected QB Nate Sudfeld from being signed off their practice squad in case Lance isn’t ready to suit up. Chances are we’ll get a better indication Friday when the official injury report for Sunday comes out.
Source: MSN Sports