San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is on the road to recovery from the elbow injury that he suffered in the NFC Championship Game. The quarterback underwent successful surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm, and the latest Purdy injury update might raise the eyebrows of some 49ers fans.
Brock Purdy told Fox Sports 910-AM in Phoenix on Friday that it “looks like I have a robotic arm” because of the support brace that he's wearing after surgery. Recovery is going as planned, according to the 49ers quarterback, who is three weeks removed from going under the knife.
“The protocol is you start throwing at three months, but it all depends on how your therapy and your range of motion and everything goes up until that point,” Purdy said on the Roc and Manuch with Jimmy B show. “There are definitely some boxes I have to check off first before I get to that point, but that’s the plan as of now.”
Purdy suffered the injury on Jan. 29, though the surgery was scheduled for several weeks later because of swelling in his elbow. The 23-year-old won't be able to throw when San Francisco's offseason workouts start on April 17. It's unlikely that Purdy will be ready to take the field when training camp starts in July.
“I’m with a specialist out here who’s done this rehab on the elbow hundreds of thousands of times,” Purdy said. “He’s a baseball guy and they trust in him and everything is going as planned.”
Purdy's recovery time before he can play in an NFL game could be anywhere from six to eight months. Sam Darnold and Trey Lance are expected to compete for the 49ers starting quarterback job in Purdy's absence.
When Purdy is healthy, he's expected to claim back atop the 49ers quaterback depth chart.