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The 49ers have had a few injuries at quarterback over the last few years, whether it’s with Jimmy Garoppolo, Trae Lance, or most recently Brock Purdy.

Garoppolo’s injury history was part of why the club went out and traded the draft pick.

In Wednesday’s postseason press conference, general manager John Lynch was asked if there was anything the 49ers could do to find a solution to their injury woes, or if it was out of the club’s control. When he did, he had something interesting to say about the team’s No. 3 pick from 2021.

“I really believe it’s a tough position to play in this league,” Lynch said. “I understand that there are some players who have had incredible endurance. Like Kyle [Shanahan] I think Brock has been incredibly durable throughout his career. He’s faced with a downright awkward situation where he’s trying to throw the ball downfield and he’s got an NFL linebacker pulling your arm the other way. It just won’t stand to stink.

“Trey’s had his issues and Trey’s had rough issues here the last couple of years. He obviously has to prove he can stay healthy, but I know there were periods early in my career where I struggled to stay healthy, and then I went eight years without missing a second. So it happens sometimes. And yes, I’m sure people are surprised that Jimmy had his issues, but trust me, it’s nothing to do with how we play our quarterbacks or anything.

“I think it’s just a coincidence and we’re looking into everything, but I don’t think we have any other issues. I think it’s a tough position in this league.”

Lance has only started four games in his two seasons and shouldn’t have started as a rookie. But he dealt with a knee injury in 2021 before breaking his ankle in the second week of the season.

Right now, the 49ers are reportedly heading to 2023 with Lance and Purdy as their top picks at quarterback, though Lance will presumably have a leg up heading into training camp as he’ll be available for reps during the offseason program. Either way, the 49ers could certainly use better injuries


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