Brock Purdy's Injury Diagnosis, Expected Recovery Time Revealed

By Jason Hall

January 30, 2023

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Philadelphia Eagles
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy reportedly suffered a complete tear of the UCL in his throwing elbow, which will likely require surgery, during Sunday's NFC Championship Game loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, sources with knowledge of the situation told NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero on Monday (January 30).

Purdy will reportedly get a second opinion on the injury, but is anticipated to need surgery, however, not reconstruction, which would give him enough time to be ready for training camp, according to Pelissero.

"If indeed Brock Purdy can have the UCL repaired and avoid Tommy John, the standard timeline for return is 6 months, giving him a chance to be ready right around the start of camp," Pelissero tweeted.

Purdy injured his right elbow during the 49ers' opening drive and missed the remainder of the first half, returning midway through the third quarter and being limited to just 23 yards on 4 of 4 passing. The rookie starter's replacement, Josh Johnson, also suffered injuries, which forced San Francisco to play a run-heavy offense, despite trailing by double-digits late.

"How does it feel to lose an NFC Championship Game because I don't have a quarterback? Pretty sh--ty, to be honest," said tight end George Kittle via ProFootballTalk.

Both quarterbacks combined to throw for just 83 yards on 11 of 18 passing. Purdy took over for former starter Jimmy Garappolo -- who replaced former No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance in Week 2 -- during Week 13 of the NFL season and led the Niners to a 5-0 record in five starts, as well as a 2-1 record in the postseason before being eliminated by the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

Purdy threw for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions on 114 of 170 passing during the regular season, as well as 569 yards and three touchdowns on 41 of 63 passing during the playoffs.

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