Lance is expected to move into a backup role for Sunday's game against the Rams with Jimmy Garoppolo (thumb) -- who is listed as questionable -- viewed as a better bet to be the 49ers' starting quarterback this weekend, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Lance stepped in for Garoppolo in Week 17 when the latter was held out due to a sprained right thumb en route to 16-for-23 passing for 249 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while turning eight carries into 31 yards. Garoppolo returned to the practice field Wednesday and proceeded to put together three consecutive limited practices, splitting reps with Lance. Head coach Kyle Shanahan likely wants the experienced hand to be under center with the 49ers requiring a win to reach the postseason. Ultimately, if Garoppolo gets the nod, Lance could be relegated to clipboard duty, as he was in nine of 11 games following the team's Week 6 bye.

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