Trey Lance absent but Jimmy Garoppolo returns to 49ers practice

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49ers fans might have to wait a little bit longer for the start of the Trey Lance era.

The rookie quarterback wasn’t spotted by reporters at Monday’s practice after spraining his left knee in Week 5 against the Arizona Cardinals. But Jimmy Garoppolo (calf) was back with the No. 1 offense after sitting out against the Cardinals and getting another week of rest during last week’s bye.

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Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group shared footage of Jimmy G practicing Monday in Santa Clara.

Inman also noted that Nate Sudfeld could suit up as the 49ers’ backup quarterback for the second straight week.

Lance made his first NFL start against the Cardinals and took a lot of physical contact, but doesn’t know when he hurt his knee. He completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Lance also rushed the ball 16 times for 89 yards but took a lot of hits, including a menacing collision with two defenders at the goal line.

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Garoppolo exited at halftime of the Week 4 loss to the Seahawks. For the season, he has completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 925 yards, five touchdowns and two picks in four contests.

The 49ers will try to snap a three-game losing streak on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts, who feature a middle-of-the-pack secondary that’s giving up an average of 255.5 yards per game (20th in the NFL).

While coach Kyle Shanahan may have had a quarterback controversy brewing, Lance’s injury temporarily clears the way for Garoppolo to resume the starter’s duties without question.