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Garoppolo returns to 49ers practice while Lance sits out

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SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was back on the 49ers' practice field Monday morning, and appears to be in line to return to the starting lineup for the team's Week 7 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Levi's Stadium.

Garoppolo sat out the 49ers' Week 5 game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a right calf injury. Rookie quarterback Trey Lance made his first NFL start.

But Lance sustained a left knee sprain in the 49ers' 17-10 loss to the unbeaten Cardinals. He was not on the practice field Monday, as the team returned after their bye week to begin preparations to face the Colts on Sunday Night Football. 

Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated last week that Garoppolo would return to the 49ers' starting lineup when he was healthy enough to play. Garoppolo and the 49ers will look to snap a three-game losing streak when they face the Colts on Sunday.

Garoppolo started the first four games of the season. The 49ers were 2-1 in the three full games in which he played. He sustained an injury to his calf in the first half of the 49ers' Week 4 game against the Seattle Seahawks. He did not return after halftime with the 49ers and Seahawks tied at seven.

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Lance played the second half of the 49ers' eventual 28-21 loss to the Seahawks. He started and played the entire game against the Cardinals. The next morning he reported soreness in his left knee. The injury was expected to keep him sidelined for one or two weeks.

 

If Lance is not cleared to play Sunday night, Nate Sudfeld would be elevated from the practice squad to serve as the backup quarterback.

Also, the 49ers opened the practice window for running back JaMycal Hasty, who spent the past three games on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain.

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