Brock Purdy close to surgery decision, with signs pointing toward six-month recovery path

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49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is continuing discussions Monday about surgery to repair the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is nearing a decision on the surgery path, Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com reports, and the expected outcome is a procedure that requires an internal brace rather than Tommy John surgery.

The internal brace repair option would keep Purdy out about six months, allowing him to start throwing in three months with a slow, three-month build up. The more intensive reconstruction would sideline him for roughly a year.

Purdy said last week that he hopes to return in time for the start of the 2023 season.

Purdy played as a rookie only because of injuries to Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo. Lance is close to returning, and he and Purdy are expected to compete for the starting job, though Lance will get a head start with Purdy sidelined.

Purdy finished his rookie regular season completing 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,374 yards, 13 touchdowns and four interceptions in seven games. He completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 569 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in three playoff games.

27 responses to “Brock Purdy close to surgery decision, with signs pointing toward six-month recovery path

  1. Nice success story and a nice guy. Hope is recovers quickly and well and can continue to play well.

  2. I am hoping for the best for Brock. I can’t think of another quarterback that looked special for that many games and then fell off a cliff. Joe Flacco maybe, but young Joe Flacco is still a whole lot better than what we’ve seen from Trey Lance.

  3. If I was SF I would look to shop this kid now. Lots of QBs would have been great behind that roster. If you can get a 2nd rounder for him I would make the move.

  4. Purdy was playing as good or better than ANY qb in the league this season. You dont need Tommy John as a football player and experts know better. Purdy is one of the best rookie Qbs to come out in a long time,and he will be leading the 49ers back to another winning season and deep playoff push.

  5. With the exception o0f Purdy, SF hasn’t had a lot of luck with backup quarterbacks. Purdy is special and I hope he recovers fully.

  6. For his sake I hope he truly got opinions from the best doctors and didn’t just listen to team doctors. Just the fact they put him back in and he threw a couple times doesn’t say much for their advice.

  7. Hmm. A QB competition between Trey Lance with a head start vs. Brock Purdy recovering from a busted wing. My money is still on Purdy.

  8. nite2al says:
    February 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    A lot of press for a career backup QB.

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    You mean, a QB who’s won more playoff games in 2 months than Lamar Jackson has in 5 years?

  9. He shouldnt get Tommy John surgery unless he absolutely needs it but Shanny needs him to be back this year because Purdy is the only QB besides Jimmy G that has won for him.

  10. Gotta give this guy credit he played as best he could. Seemed very cool, calm and collected. Did not get rattled at all. You can’t teach that let’s hope he has a speedy recovery. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

  11. Purdy needs to bite the bullet and get the surgery already. He can use the extended off time to bone up on the mental aspect of the game.

  12. Kid needs to have the Tommy John. He’s got his whole career putting a hokey band aid on it is a mistake.

  13. Purdy’s choice of TJ vs. side brace surgery will undoubtedly be a career decision. He had a great run as a backup-to-starter, but his dream of being a NFL starting QB would likely be hurt if he misses 2023 due to TJ recovery. I am not aware of any NFL player who underwent the side-brace surgery ( shorter 6 month rehab) , but Trevor Story( Red Sox) just had it done in Jan, and he is expected to be sidelined for 2023. Without any previous history of side-brace for a QB, no one can be sure how well it will hold up to NFL requirements.

  14. Kid shouldn’t hurry back half fixed so that Shanahan’s “ole'” blocking scheme puts him out again.

  15. nite2al says:
    February 6, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    A lot of press for a career backup QB.

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    You mean, a QB who’s won more playoff games in 2 months than Lamar Jackson has in 5 years?
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    You forgot, “let that sink in”. All I ever say is Lamar’s gets his unfair share of criticism and you just proved my point. I said nothing about Lamar being good or great, but I am more than happy with him being on the Ravens. But I did say Herbert and Burrow are overrated and Hurts and Tua would have a great year and Hurts would be 19-1. So, judge me on that.

  16. ramsfandango says:
    February 6, 2023 at 9:23 pm
    Purdy’s choice of TJ vs. side brace surgery will undoubtedly be a career decision. He had a great run as a backup-to-starter, but his dream of being a NFL starting QB would likely be hurt if he misses 2023 due to TJ recovery. I am not aware of any NFL player who underwent the side-brace surgery ( shorter 6 month rehab) , but Trevor Story( Red Sox) just had it done in Jan, and he is expected to be sidelined for 2023. Without any previous history of side-brace for a QB, no one can be sure how well it will hold up to NFL requirements.
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    QB Nick Mullens had it. He played in 6 or 8 mos as far as I can remember.
    Also the demand on a QBs elbow is not the same as a pitcher.
    But we’ll see. Hope it works out well.

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