Brock Purdy cleared for training camp, plus other 49ers injury news

John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan revealed some critical injury updates on the opening day of training camp, including good news about Brock Purdy.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (14)
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (14) / Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

It appears as if the 49ers will have Brock Purdy back and practicing when they begin on-field work at training camp this week.

Tuesday marked the opening day of San Francisco 49ers training camp, although it's merely a report day for all players. The on-field practices won't be taking place until Wednesday.

That said, general manager John Lynch, head coach Kyle Shanahan and other selected Niners met with the media at Levi's Stadium, and there are some notable tidbits.

Including one star player, edge Nick Bosa, not being in attendance. But that's a concern for later as he awaits what promises to be a lucrative contract extension.

Lynch and Shanahan shared some key updates from their press conference, including news about injured players.

One in particular, quarterback Brock Purdy, actually has some great news associated with the UCL tear and subsequent surgery he's been dealing with all offseason. And while there was plenty of optimism that he'd be ready by Week 1 of the regular season, it appears as if the timetable has been moved up.

A lot.

Brock Purdy is clear to start 49ers training camp, will 'be without restrictions'

Purdy had been spending the offseason in rehabilitation, which included throwing a football and getting his arm strength back up to par.

However, it was reasonable to assume the risk of Purdy starting off camp on the physically unable-to-perform (PUP) list that handles players who've suffered NFL-related injuries.

According to Lynch, that won't be the case. Purdy is clear to begin training camp.

"Brock's cleared and ready to go," Lynch told reporters, via 49ers Webzone. "He's been cleared. He's going to be without restrictions. Now, having said that, we're sticking, and we're adhering to a plan that's been put in place for some time, and he got after it the last couple of days."

Shanahan also noted that Purdy could practice for two days, then take a day off to rest his arm.

"We upped his pitch count, so it was kind of the peak of the build-up, and so he'll take off day one, but we believe in that plan."

If Purdy wasn't going to be ready, the Week 1 starting job would have likely gone to either Trey Lance or Sam Darnold, who are still battling it out for the backup quarterback job behind Purdy this season.

49ers provide injury updates on Darrell Luter Jr., Mitch Wishnowsky

Rookies reported to training camp a week earlier than veterans, and one of the notable transactions that took place on day one for the first-year players was cornerback Darrell Luter Jr., the 49ers' fifth-round NFL Draft pick from this year, going on the PUP list with an undisclosed injury.

Lynch explained that Luter hyperextended his knee during offseason team workouts last spring and will have to gradually work his way back.

"It resulted in a deep bone bruise," Lynch said of Luter's injury. "He's working his way back, still has a few weeks. He's a kid who really had impressed us throughout the whole draft process, then in his work here."

Luter might have been a long shot to start for San Francisco in year one, but he was seen as a top candidate for a primary backup to boundary cornerbacks Charvarius Ward and Deommodore Lenoir.

Meanwhile, punter Mitch Wishnowsky suffered a back injury while lifting weights prior to training camp, which means he'd be eligible for the non-football injury list that governs non-NFL injuries.

Lynch and the 49ers didn't believe it to be serious, though, and are instead giving Wishnowsky plenty of time to properly recover.

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