Lewis played the most snaps of any 49ers offensive players before departing. He finished 12-of-21 for 97 yards and rushed four times for 10 yards.
Before the injury, Lewis was considered to be in competition for a potential third quarterback spot on the roster against rookie Jeff Driskel. Lewis got the first chance to replace Gabbert on Sunday because Kaepernick has been unable to throw for the past few days because of tightness in his arm and shoulder.
Although he won’t play this season, Lewis has told the coaches he would like to stay around the team for his rehabilitation. As a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015, Lewis is the only quarterback on the roster with experience playing in Kelly’s offense and his knowledge of it could be useful for the remaining healthy quarterbacks.
“Yeah, he can help out,” Day said. “He has experience in the system, he was in Philly with us last year, he has a dynamic personality and he has a really good chemistry with the guys on our team and so he mentioned to me today that he would like to stay around and be around the program during the rehab which would be great for us. We can use that and have him around and his experience would be great.”
Until Kaepernick returns, the Niners will lean on Gabbert and Driskel to handle the bulk of the repetitions though Kelly indicated that further discussions on the quarterback depth would take place. The 49ers are hopeful that Kaepernick will be able to practice this week against Denver but that remains uncertain.
Hey, this Los Angeles Rams debut doesn’t count anyway.
An enormous crowd in Los Angeles welcomed the Rams back for their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, the first NFL football game held in L.A. in 22 years. And on a sun-splashed day at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Greg Zuerlein kicked off as the crowd cheered and ESPN announcer Sean McDonough happily proclaimed that football was back in Los Angeles.
And then Cowboys returner Lucky Whitehead took that kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown.
What do they say in Hollywood? Ah, right: Take two.
The Rams will have a chance to get their premiere right when the games count. The first regular-season game at Los Angeles Coliseum this season will be Sept. 18 against the Seattle Seahawks.
And despite the pratfall out of the gate, it was a historic night for the Rams, the NFL and Los Angeles. And the story ended well, with a lot of the fans staying and making a ton of noise at the end as the Rams rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Cowboys 28-24.
As far as preseason football games go, the affair in L.A. was a big one.