Brock Purdy might not have to miss an entire season recovering from surgery after all.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during the NFC Title game against the Philadelphia Eagles last month and was reported to be facing the unwanted prospect of missing the entire 2023/24 season as Tommy John surgery was recommended.
However, the latest update on the QB suggests he might only be sidelined for six months, which could mean he’ll be ready to play by the beginning of next season.
According to Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com, Purdy is in discussions about surgery and could opt to go for an internal brace instead of reconstruction.
The brace would only keep Purdy out for three months and he would be able to start throwing in three months, whereas Tommy John would leave him out for a year.
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If everything goes as anticipated, Purdy would undergo a procedure to repair the UCL with a collagen-coated suture tape to provide stability to the repaired ligament. That procedure requires a three-month recovery and then a three-month buildup to return to playing football.
If all goes smoothly, Purdy could be cleared to return to practice in early August.
Last week, the breakout star revealed he harbors hopes of returning in time to start the upcoming season.
Should that be the case, he will compete with Trey Lance for the starting job. Prior to his injury, Purdy was thought to be the favorite for the role next season. But the unfortunate development has changed everything.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.