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San Francisco 49ers QB Trey Lance suffered sprained knee in first start

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As it turns out, Jimmy Garoppolo won’t be the only San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has to stay in the Bay Area on the team’s bye week to recover from an injury.

That’s because rookie signal-caller Trey Lance suffered a left knee sprain in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.

Lance had an MRI on Monday morning and isn’t expected to miss much time, especially since the 49ers are on bye and won’t play again until they meet the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 24.

“It’s not a long-term injury but they did say they won’t be able to know until (later),” Shanahan said. “He’ll have to stay here on the bye week and get treatment and everything, so we should have a good idea by the end of the next week whether he has got a chance for Indy or not. If he doesn’t, they told me it should be like a one-to-two-week thing but possibly just one.”

After Sunday’s loss, Lance said he felt “fine” despite taking plenty of hits. Lance finished 15-of-29 for 192 yards with an interception and had 16 carries for 89 yards.

But Lance told Shanahan that he first started feeling something wrong with his knee just before he went to bed Sunday night.

According to Shanahan, neither he nor Lance could pinpoint an exact moment when the injury happened. Still, Lance will have to spend the bye week with Garoppolo rehabbing before a determination can be made on his Week 7 availability.

“I was messing with Trey and Jimmy that now Jimmy just got some company,” Shanahan said. “So, they’ll be here, both of them the whole week so they have the best chance to be ready for Monday when we all get back.”

Shanahan has maintained that Garoppolo would return to the starting role once he returns from his right calf injury. Shanahan was again optimistic that Garoppolo’s return to the lineup will come against the Colts, given that he nearly was able to play against Arizona and now has an extra week to rehab and heal.

After watching the tape of Lance’s first start, Shanahan offered Monday that he was “proud” of how Lance handled himself against a good team in a tough environment. Shanahan cited how aggressive Lance was and said he was pleased with how his rookie quarterback bounced back from an early interception.

Still, none of that has changed how Shanahan views the long-term situation at quarterback even as the 2-3 Niners are mired in a three-game losing streak.

“It doesn’t change my opinion big-picture,” Shanahan said. “Trey definitely has the ability to help us win games. I thought he was a big part of why we had a chance to win that game yesterday. I just wish we could have played better around him, too. Not that he was perfect by any means but he gave us a very good chance to win that game and I know he will give us a chance to win a lot going forward. But it’s more of a decision than just which player do you want to go with? There’s a whole team here, there’s a lot more that goes into it and these three losses that we’ve had in a row, the answer good or bad, is not just the quarterback.”

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Jon Gruden out as Las Vegas Raiders head coach

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Jon Gruden is out as the Las Vegas Raiders‘ head coach, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.

Raiders owner Mark Davis arrived at the team’s facility a couple of hours ago and went to find Gruden, a source told Schefter. The two men met, and Gruden no longer will be the Raiders’ head coach, the source said.

The news comes in in the wake a New York Times report that Gruden used misogynistic and anti-gay language in numerous emails during a seven-year period

NFL Network was first to report Gruden’s departure from the team.

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MCL sprain to sideline Kansas City Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire ‘a few weeks,’ source says

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire sprained the MCL in his left knee and will be out of the Kansas City Chiefs lineup for “a few weeks,” a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

In addition, Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill suffered a minor knee injury on Sunday night, but the team does not expect him to miss time, a source told Schefter.

Edwards-Helaire injured the knee in the third quarter of Sunday night’s 38-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

He was helped off the field by teammates after getting tackled following a screen pass with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter. He finished with 13 yards on seven carries and one catch for 11 yards after back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.

He is the Chiefs’ leading rusher with 304 yards through the first five games.

Veterans Darrel Williams and Jerick McKinnon are the Chiefs’ backup running backs. Williams has rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns and caught seven passes for 45 yards this season. McKinnon has one carry for two yards and three catches for 27 yards.

Sunday night’s loss dropped the Chiefs to 2-3 on the season.

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