The 49ers have already lost two starting quarterbacks to injuries, and Brock Purdy might miss the Niners’ short-week game against the Seahawks this Thursday.
There were plenty of reasons to celebrate San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy in the wake of him getting the best of the GOAT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, in the Niners’ lopsided 35-7 victory at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.
And there’s also a chance that Purdy might have to wait a little while before making the follow-up to his first-ever NFL start.
Not long after the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that Purdy suffered an oblique strain, which wasn’t directly related to the quarterback being pulled long after San Francisco ensured the Bucs wouldn’t stage a comeback.
Backup signal-caller Josh Johnson, who was signed by the 49ers earlier in the week, served as the team’s closer but now might have to start for the Niners in Week 15’s Thursday Night Football Matchup against their NFC West rivals, the 7-6 Seattle Seahawks.
49ers injury updates: Brock Purdy hopeful to start vs. Seahawks
Purdy was optimistic about the injury right after Sunday’s contest.
“f I needed to play throughout the rest of the game, I definitely would have,” Purdy told reporters. “So, I’m going to get some treatment on it and be ready to roll.”
On Monday, Shanahan seemed to hint at the possibility of Purdy playing on Thursday but remained guarded, focused on the results of the MRI:
"I think [the injury] was a challenge for him. Just talking to him and seeing him after the game. I think he really toughed it out, did some real good things with it and I know he is sore today, so hopefully the MRI will be good and give him a chance to play Thursday."
If Purdy isn’t available on the short week, though, it’ll be Johnson serving as the starter.
And that’d mark the fourth different name San Francisco has rolled out in a starting role this season, the others along with Purdy being Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance, both of whom are also out with serious season-ending injuries.
49ers suffer other injuries, Deebo Samuel not as seriously injured as thought
Week 15 was pretty harsh on the 49ers’ injury front, and no injury hit the team harder than All-Pro wide receiver Deebo Samuel exiting on a cart with what appeared to be an ankle injury.
Visibly shaken and emotional, signs were pointing to the injury being awfully serious, potentially one of the season-ending variety. However, reports soon started flowing in that Samuel’s injury might not have been that serious, potentially one that’ll force him out for only a few weeks.
Shanahan provided an update on Samuel that might be a bit more optimistic, too, saying there weren’t any fractures and the injury was believed to be a high-ankle sprain.
The turnaround could be between four to six weeks.
Cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle) and defensive linemen Kevin Givens (knee) and Kerry Hyder (ankle) are going to have to work their way back from injuries, while cornerback Dontae Johnson suffered a torn ACL and is done for the year. Cornerback Samuel Womack is in the concussion protocol and won’t be available for Thursday night either.
Eyes will be on Purdy’s availability, though, when the Niners travel to Lumen Field to take on the Seahawks on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8:15 p.m. ET.