It’s been nothing but good news for the 49ers this week. This time it is about a quarterback.
Brock Purdy underwent successful surgery to repair the torn UCL in his throwing elbow. According to a team statement, Dr. Keith Meister was able to perform the internal brace procedure as the organization and Purdy had hoped.
The procedure was originally set for February 22, but was postponed due to ongoing inflammation in the elbow.
Speaking at the scouting combine last week, John Lynch explained the importance of delaying the procedure and how it could help lead to a positive outcome.
“Dr. Meister made a really tough decision and we’re very appreciative,” said Lynch. “He’s done thousands of these surgeries and when you have all the swelling out, when you have all the stiffness out, is when he’s had the best success with the outcomes.”
Purdy is expected to begin a throwing progression program in three months and build up his strength. The timeline for a full return is six months. If Purdy’s recovery goes according to plan Purdy would be back with the team on August 25, the day following their final preseason game.
Sustaining UCL injuries is far less common in football than with baseball, and the timeline to return has proven to be much different. Throwing a baseball puts greater stress on the arm due to arm speed. This is due to a baseball being much lighter.
Former 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens suffered a UCL injury against Dallas late in the 2020 season. He underwent a successful UCL procedure and was fully cleared to return after five months.
In October of 2007, Jake Delhomme underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his UCL. The typical recovery time for this type of procedure is 12-18 months. Delhomme was cleared just seven months later and helped Carolina to a 12-4 regular season record in 2008.
The open tampering period of NFL free agency begins on Monday. Expect the 49ers to add a veteran quarterback to the roster.