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49ers OTAs: Brock Purdy may start throwing next week, Kyle Shanahan “pretty optimistic” about Week 1 return

May 23, 2023 at 2:19 PM


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On Tuesday, San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan provided an update on Brock Purdy. The second-year quarterback underwent surgery on March 10 to repair the tear of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow, an injury he suffered in the NFC Championship Game in January.

Purdy is recovering well. There have been no setbacks as the quarterback works his way to increasing his workload.

"He's doing good," Shanahan said of his quarterback's recovery. "Still staying the same. [He's] on schedule."

The 49ers always believed that Purdy would be able to start throwing a football again sometime in early June. That's next week. The good news is that nothing about that timeline has changed.

"I think he's allowed to throw sometime next week," Shanahan confirmed.

Earlier this month, Shanahan said the 49ers are hopeful that Purdy will return sometime during training camp, which begins in late July and runs through August. That remains the hope.

The 49ers repeatedly said they would know more about Purdy's return timeline once the quarterback started throwing again.

"Yeah, it's not really a moving target. It's that only God knows," Shanahan said. "And it's all estimates, so it depends what quote people have got for me. But we're hoping for Week 1, and I feel pretty optimistic about that.

"That's what we're hoping for—he'll be ready to play in Week 1, and usually, that doesn't mean that's the day he comes back. Usually, you got to come before that to make that goal, and that's kind of the goal we're hoping for, and don't have any reason to think differently."

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