The outlook does not look as promising for rookie quarterback Trey Lance, whom coach Kyle Shanahan said is not likely to be available to serve as the team’s backup.”
“On Wednesday, Bucker stated that prior to the trade he met with 49ers general manager John Lynch and told him he would be willing to take less money than what his agent felt he was worth. “Someway, some how, I want to be here, but I didn’t want to take too big of a pay cut because I know what I am actually worth,” said Buckner.”
“While a couple starters returned to action after the week off, a handful of key players sat out Wednesday’s practice as San Francisco gears up to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football.”
‘“It’s a big concern this year,” Shanahan said on Wednesday. “It’s nothing against him, but it’s been unfortunate. His development is on hold. I was real excited how he started to end last year, especially at Dallas — it was one of his best. The Rams game I thought he was starting to turn into that player.”’
“The whole year has been managing (the injury) and that’s why I know he’s been frustrated,” he said. “Because no one’s upset with Kinlaw right now. It’s been unfortunate with what happened and the setbacks of some of the surgeries. … So we’ve had to really manage him throughout training camp, throughout the season hoping that would get it better. And it just hasn’t so far.”
That Shanahan referenced surgeries — plural — is significant.