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Kyle Shanahan: Brock Purdy, 49ers starters will play in preseason finale vs. Chargers

Aug 19, 2023 at 9:15 PM


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The San Francisco 49ers have one more preseason game remaining, an August 25 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium. The starters got some playing time on Saturday against the Denver Broncos and will get more against the Chargers.

After Saturday's game, Kyle Shanahan was asked if that would be it for quarterback Brock Purdy during the preseason.

"No, the starters will play next week," the coach responded.

Saturday was Purdy's first in-game action since the NFC Championship Game, when he suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow.

"He's just been doing a good job in practice," Shanahan said. "When we started out, I didn't think he'd go until the third game, but just after the week of practice, I wanted to get him out there with the starters, most of them at least.

"The goal was to get him one drive. I told him if we went three-and-out, I wasn't sure what I would do, but I was glad they got a long one."

Purdy went 4-of-5 for 65 yards and a passer rating of 118.8, leading a game-opening 68-yard drive that ended with a field goal. He also rushed the ball for eight yards and was sacked once.

The exhibition game against the Chargers will be the final test before the start of the regular season. San Francisco kicks off Week 1 on the road against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10.

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