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Kyle Shanahan says Brock Purdy’s status for 49ers-Seahawks uncertain, provides timeline on Deebo Samuel return

Dec 13, 2022 at 2:14 PM

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The San Francisco 49ers will hold a light practice, their only one of the week, inside Levi's Stadium tonight. Brock Purdy will be among the players doing less than the others. He is dealing with an oblique/rib injury that he sustained in this past weekend's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The rookie quarterback's status for Thursday night's game remains uncertain.

"We'll find out as these two days go," head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters. "We don't have much time, but we're not going to try to figure that out today or tomorrow. It will probably be on Thursday where we have the best chance to know."

Purdy, however, expects to be on the field with his teammates for the crucial NFC West showdown. It will be his first start on the road, and a win would clinch a division title for the 49ers and ensure the team opens the postseason at home.

Purdy admits that he was sore on Monday but was feeling better today.

"I feel good," Purdy told reporters. "Just taking it one day at a time, getting as much treatment as I can, but overall, I feel pretty good."

The quarterback hasn't tried throwing a football since Sunday. He feels like he can still jog and run, but the coach may keep him from doing even that in practice.

Purdy added, "Yeah, it wasn't like excruciating pain or anything like that. It's just where I was at, just sore after a game."

Shanahan was asked if there was concern that Purdy could do further damage if he played on Thursday night.

"No," Shanahan responded. "It's just, can he play with it? If he plays, he won't be able to make it worse."

Deebo Samuel timeline

On Monday, Jordan Schultz of The Score reported that wide receiver Deebo Samuel could return from his MCL and ankle sprains as soon as Week 17. That seems to match the timeline that Shanahan provided when asked about the injured receiver.

"There's four weeks left in the season," Shanahan said. "I think they told me three-ish [weeks] is their expectation. Right in that area."

After Thursday night's game in Seattle, the 49ers will host the Washington Commanders on Christmas Eve and then travel to play the Raiders in Las Vegas before closing out the regular season at home against the Arizona Cardinals.

Practice participation

Shanahan noted that the following players would not practice.

  • QB Jimmy Garoppolo (foot)
  • DT Kevin Givens (knee)
  • DB Tarvarius Moore (knee)
  • DT Hassan Ridgeway (pectoral)
  • WR Deebo Samuel (knee/ankle)
  • CB Samuel Womack (concussion)

The following players will be limited.

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