Dieter Kurtenbach: Trey Lance’s broken ankle leaves the Niners with a brutal decision

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The Mercury News

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Thank goodness no other team in the NFL wanted Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers needed him Sunday. They’ll need him for the next 15 games, too. They might need him for another few seasons beyond that. Trey Lance’s first season as the 49ers’ starting quarterback is over after five quarters, as he broke his right ankle on a first-quarter running play during a 27-7 win over the Seahawks Sunday at Levi’s Stadium. The Niners’ playoff hopes didn’t evaporate on Sunday, as they did in September 2018 when Garoppolo tore his ACL at the end of a Week 3 game against the Chiefs. No, because…

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