According to San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, rookie quarterback Trey Lance will be out of practice for the next seven days suffering a small fracture to one of the fingers on his throwing hand.
“It’s a micro-chip of a bone that’s off. It’s a chip fracture, which is worse than a jam and why it won’t heal on its own,” Shanahan said on a media conference call. “He can’t take snaps right now. We’ll rest it for seven days and hopefully, he’ll be good next Monday when we get to practice.”
Shanahan would not specify which finger was injured, however, based on the TV replays it is either the index finger or thumb.
Lance didn’t seem too worried about his hand following the game. “I don’t really honestly even remember what play it happened on,” said Lance after the game. “But I think I jammed it on a helmet or something. But, yeah, no, I’m not worried about it.
“See how it feels tomorrow, for sure. I think it will tell a little bit more, but yeah, not too worried about it at all.”
The injury occurred with only fifteen seconds in the first half when Lance struck his throwing hand on the helmet of Raiders linebacker Max Richardson on an incomplete throw after a miscommunication with the receiver.
The 49ers are set to open the season in 13 days against the Detroit Lions, however, Shanahan does not anticipate the injury to have much impact on preparations for the game. The focus right now for the team is trimming the roster down to 53-players, which must be accomplished by 1 pm tomorrow.
The team will then hold practices on Wednesday and Thursday before all teams are set to shut down activities for three days. The bulk of the preparations for the season opener will start when the team returns on Monday.