49ers Give Unclear Brock Purdy Return Timeline After Surgery

The San Francisco 49ers gave an unclear return timeline for Brock Purdy after surgery.
The San Francisco 49ers gave an unclear return timeline for Brock Purdy after surgery. / AP Photos/Godofredo A. Vásquez

It's been nearly two months since quarterback Brock Purdy was forced out of the NFC Championship game with an elbow injury that he has since undergone surgery to correct. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expressed the 23-year-old's recovery timeline is still not set in stone, though.

Brock Purdy Injury News

Shanahan was rather vague when asked about Purdy's status for the 2023 regular season at the NFL owner's meetings on Tuesday. He explained to reporters that the team will know a lot more about the young signal-caller's prognosis three months from now when he is far removed from the surgery.

The way Purdy has healed at that point will be able to give the 49ers' medical staff a firmer idea of when he can return to the field. Shanahan went on to say that Purdy could be ready to compete in training camp and start Week 1, but he could also need more time and not be back until Week 4 or so.

All in all, Shanahan's comments gave little to no information besides estimations and a reason to check back in on Purdy's status in June. If Purdy cannot give it a go when the season kicks off, third-year pro Trey Lance and free agent signing Sam Darnold are expected to battle it out for reps at QB.

This injury update comes just one day after Purdy was in the headlines for 49ers owner John Lynch's comments saying he "earned the right" to start. This will be a storyline worth keeping an eye on all summer. For now, the 49ers have odds set at +900 to win Super Bowl 58, per FanDuel Sportsbook.

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