Brock Purdy Out For Six Months With Torn UCL

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According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, an MRI on Monday confirmed that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his throwing arm against Philadelphia and will require surgery.

Per the report, there is hope that Purdy can avoid complete reconstruction of the ligament and instead opt for a repair, otherwise known as Tommy John surgery.


According to the report, if Purdy has a successful repair, he would be available to return for training camp in late July.

The injury occurred on the first drive of the NCF Championship game, Brock Purdy was hit during a throw and subsequently fumbled the football leading to a turnover in favor of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Purdy went to the sideline and spoke with team trainers. He then made a few practice throws on the sideline between possessions. But, before San Francisco took over for the second time in the game, Purdy and head coach Kyle Shanahan had a short discussion.


Purdy returned to the game with 12:30 left in the third quarter, but only after fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson had to leave the game after taking a hit and having his head hit the turf. He would finish the game taking snaps and handing the ball off, occasionally attempting a screen pass but never throwing it downfield again in the contest.

The Niners lost the game, 31-7, sending the Eagles to the Super Bowl to face the Kansas City Chiefs.

While his injury may keep him from improving his physical game this offseason, Purdy proved plenty good enough to be the starter in San Francisco going forward. It will be interesting to see how the 49ers handle their quarterback situation going forward, but one thing is certain: Brock Purdy will be right in the middle of it.

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