Lance (knee) is "on pace" to take part in Wednesday's practice, coach Kyle Shanahan told Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com on Monday.

Assuming he does so, Lance isn't expected to be anything more than a limited participant as he works his way back from a sprained MCL in his left knee. If he does enough to be active for the first time since Week 5, he'll serve as the backup to Jimmy Garoppolo in Sunday's game at Chicago. That likely would yield the sporadic snaps and reps Lance earned in the 49ers' first three-plus games of the season before he was thrust into a lead role after Garoppolo bruised his calf in the first half of a Week 4 loss to the Seahawks.

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