49ers training camp 2023: What the first 2 days have taught us

Brock Purdy is back on the field again, but his return wasn't exactly smooth
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw
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Brock Purdy is back under center for the 49ers

Perhaps the biggest news stemming from the opening day of training camp was that second-year quarterback Brock Purdy was fully cleared to participate after suffering a torn UCL last January and undergoing offseason elbow surgery.

Granted, Purdy is on a "pitch count" and won't practice every day, and it was fellow quarterback Trey Lance who actually worked with the first-stringers on day one of camp.

But Purdy was the primary player on day two.

Except Purdy's efforts didn't exactly go well, at least according to the stats (h/t The Athletic's David Lombardi):

More on the quarterbacking woes in a bit, but stats shouldn't bother Purdy whatsoever.

What matters is that he's back on the field and throwing footballs in team settings, and he returned far earlier than the original predictions of late August or even early September.