49ers not expected to face Trey Lance in preseason against Vikings


San Francisco 49ers


Minnesota vikings


Saturday August 20

7 p.m. ET

Despite being from Minnesota, Trey Lance is not expected to play for the 49ers in Week 2 of the preseason against the Vikings.

The San Francisco 49ers start their second game of the 2022 preseason tonight against the Minnesota Vikings.

Starting quarterback Trey Lance shouldn’t be out there in the field.

The Niners wrapped up two joint workouts with the Vikings ahead of the two teams’ second exhibition bout of the year, which kicks off at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

And while Lance saw plenty of scrimmage action against the Vikings in the week leading up to the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan made it clear he didn’t expect the sophomore signalman to take the lead. ground in this particular contest.

When asked if Lance could play in the game, being from Marshall, Minnesota and all, Shanahan replied jokingly instead saying, “Now that you’ve reminded me that he is, maybe I’ll think about it. But no, [that won’t factor into the decision] at all. Sorry.”

This lines up with what Shanahan said just before San Francisco’s preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers on Aug. 12, when he noted that Lance would likely get some court time in the first few. and third preseason games, but not the second.

And even NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco corroborated Shanahan’s comments and the speculation that Lance would not play against Minnesota:

Quarterback Trey Lance is not expected to enter the field for the 49ers’ preseason game Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Lance will wrap up his preseason next week against the Houston Texans, then all his energy will be spent preparing for the 49ers regular season opener on Sept. 11 against the Chicago Bears.

49ers will give rookie QB Brock Purdy plenty of preseason time

With only two other quarterbacks on the traveling roster (we’re not including you, Jimmy Garoppolo), Nate Sudfeld and rookie Brock Purdy, Week 2 of the preseason numbers will be an assessment of whether or not the Niners should keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster this season.

Lance is obviously there, and Sudfeld is also safe, if for no other reason than his $2 million salary for the 2022 season is fully guaranteed.

The question is whether or not Purdy, the final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, will earn a spot on the depth chart.

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Purdy made promises late in the preseason opener against the Packers, completing 3 of 6 assists with a touchdown to tight end Tanner Hudson and a successful two-point conversion.

Still, the rookie could be signed to the practice squad anyway unless he puts in a really good effort on Saturday night.

One would expect Sudfeld to see first half action, then giving way to Purdy during the second half.

Both teams will kick off on Saturday, August 20 at 7 p.m. ET.

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