49ers Brock Purdy undergoes successful UCL surgery

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 08: Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers throws the ball during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium on January 08, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by EZRA SHAW / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

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.

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  1. Jack, saw your Tom Petty tweet, “The waiting is the hardest part.”
    Every day you get one more yard
    You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
    The waiting is the hardest part

    Aah, just great! R.I.P.

  2. Great, now we can stop all the crazy QB speculation of late. Maybe we could get Sudfield back to be our #3 for less than the $2M we gave him last time.

  3. Thanks for the update, Jack.
    If all goes well for Brock during his recovery period, I’m curious as to whether he will be well enough to practice with the team in August.

    Arm strength will need to be the litmus test to measure a full and successful recovery for Brock.

  4. Felix,
    Its a football blog inhabited by a bunch of crazy 9er fans, there will always be crazy speculation that is the fun of it.

  5. Key phrase in Jack’s piece here is “If Purdy’s recovery goes according to plan…” And we won’t know whether it has or has not for 3 months. In other words, mid June at the soonest. I don’t get all the glee I’m sensing from Jack, others in this room.

    1. Gary,
      I think most of us are just happy he didn’t need a full TJ and would likely miss the entire season.

  6. So, the 49ers have a total of 11 picks in the draft.
    Only one NFL team has produced 3, third round picks that became HOF players.
    1. Joe Montana
    2. Charles Haley
    3. Terrell Owens.

    If just one of the 49ers rd 3 picks becomes a Pro-Bowler or All-Pro, it will have been a good job by the 49ers when having to draft on day 3.

    I don’t see another Joe Montana, TO or Charles Haley in the 3 rd, but I sure hope I’m wrong.

      1. The current 49ers regional scouts have done a very good job in finding talented players on day 3 of the draft over the years.

        Unless the 49ers have targeted a player in the 2nd rd they think is a great fit, perhaps they trade many from their haul of draft picks to get their 2nd rd player.
        Maverick Lynch has a lot of cards (picks) on the table, I don’t see him sitting idol as the draft nears.

        1. AES,
          I think their FA signings will tell us quite a bit about whether they will move up or stay where they are in the draft. If they make one A level signing, one B level signing and a couple of bargain signings I believe they will stand pat in the draft. If they aren’t very active they may move up into the 2nd round. My money is on them sticking with 3 third round picks

          1. OC
            I could see the 9ers using pick #99 and #102 to trade up for EDGE Zach Harrison, Ohio State……
            (If he doesn’t move up and is still available)?

  7. Geep,
    How far up will those two picks get them? If they sign a DE in FA then I think they will stand pat. I think Arden Key will be available cheap.

    1. Geep/Coach,
      How many 49ers draft picks would you trade to move into the 2nd rd for one of these players?
      These are current 2nd rd prospects that could provide help from day one, imo.
      DL, Mazi Smith Michigan
      DL, Calijah Kancy Pitt
      OL, Steve Avila TCU
      DL, Siaki Ika Baylor
      OL, Dawand Jones OSU
      Anyone of these players could help fill some important roles.
      Are any of these guys worth Lynch making a run for in your opinion?

      1. AES
        * Love to see 9ers trade up for Mazi Smith. Even though he only participated in bench press, I believe he’ll be moving up from #55 (CBSSports.com) in 2nd round. 9ers would likely have to trade all of their draft picks to draft him.
        * DL, Calijah Kancy Pitt is already pick #44 on CBS Sports.com and would also require 9ers trading all their draft picks to draft him. I would also take Smith B4 Kancy.
        * OL, Steve Avila TCU I had the 9ers drafting him on my pre combine big board, but after the combine he’s now listed at #50 on CBSSports.com.
        * DL, Siaki Ika Baylor: Not a fan! Don’t believe he fits Kocurek type DT. He’s More of a NT, two gap, read and react vs penetrate and attack DT. NOTE: 40 = 5.39s and his tackling is subpar.
        * OL, Dawand Jones OSU: CBSSports.com lists him as draft pick #36. ( Some list him as late 1st Rd). I Don’t believe he’s a player Foerster would draft. The 9er O Line run a lot of gap schemes and man schemes on offense. Players that are quick enough on the 2nd level to black defenders. Jones is a straight ahead power blocker built much like McGlinchey, but bigger and better at pass blocking. 40 = 5.35s
        * If either DT Mazi Smith, or OL Steve Avila are available in mid 3Rd Rd I would be willing to use #99 and either #101 or #102 (but not both) to move up and draft them.

        A player I can see the 9ers drafting in 3rd Rd., is IOL Andrew Vorhees, USC. He’s played both OT and OG positions (at 6′ 6″ he’s likely too tall for Center). IMO, he’ll need a year in the weight room and pro coaching before challenging as a starter.

        1. Geep,
          Good overview. Mazi and Kancy are very good players. But the only one that I would trade for is Steve Avila. He could be a 10 year anchor for the Oline.

    2. OC
      * Q: “How far up will those two picks get them?” A: Not very far!
      There will be several free agents available, but not many the 9ers will be willing to sign unless they restructure several 9er players. I agree, Arden Key will be available at a reasonable price (No one making $1+ Mil. is cheap)
      IMO, Lynch will set on his hands for the first few days of free agency and see who’s available at a reasonable price.
      IMO, Free agent positions the 9ers will look to address at a discount price….QB, OT, S, DT, EDGE and Center. Possibly a TE ? Not necessarily in that order.

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