Brock Purdy spoke publicly for the first time Friday since undergoing surgery to repair the UCL in his throwing arm. Speaking with the Roc & Manuch Show on Fox Sports 910AM in Phoenix, the 49ers quarterback detailed his surgery, his mindset, the 49ers role in his recovery and when he will get back to throwing.
Q: Walk us through, for those who have not had a surgery like that, walk us through that day. How long did it take and then how you are doing now.
Purdy: Just went in, had surgery first thing in the morning. From there you’re on painkillers. You’re trying to just wake up and feel better. Then the next couple weeks is just about trying to get your range of motion. That’s where I’m at right now. Scars all where everything is healed up in stitches. I’m just working on my range of motion and start thowing in three months.
Q: Explain that sling/device on your arm and how it works. It looks like it’s high tech from the 2025 era or something like that.
Purdy. It’s an arm brace. When you first get in it after surgery you’re in it at 90-degrees. From there you can start opening it up to help with your range of motion. All it is, is just to keep your arm safe when you’re out walking around or doing therapy. At night I can take it off and just do some normal motions with just looking at my arm. But yeah, out in public it looks like I have a robotic arm.
Q: Are you past the frustration of having to leave that game? Are you now just focusing in on your rehab an preparing for next season?
Purdy: Yeah, no doubt. I think you have to move on. You have to start taking it one day at a time. Be where your feet are at. Stay in the present. Understand that we have a goal for this next season. That’s to get back to the NFC championship and win the Super Bowl. You do have to get past it. At the same time you have to remember the things that happen, that make you who you are. For me, I’m not going to let something like that tear me down. I’m going to learn from it and get better.
Q: How involved are the 49ers medical staff and all the people on a day in and day out basis? Did they fly out to Dallas as well to help with the surgery or be part of the surgery.
Purdy: They’ve been great. They’ve been in it every step of the way. The minute I went out and had surgery the head athletic trainer Dustin Little was out there with me. He made sure everything went well, and then after he made sure everything was handled as I got back to Arizona and started rehab. They’ve called in every day. They come out, they make sure I’m doing well. I’m with a specialist out here who’s done this rehab on the elbow hundreds of thousands of times. He’s a baseball guy and they trust in him and everything is going as planned.
Q: What does that curtail. What are some of the things you do on a daily basis? Walk us through your day of rehab.
Purdy: It’s hands on at first. He just makes sure all the muscles and everything around my ligament are doing well. That I’m working range of motion, trying to touch my shoulder or back of my head and just different things like that right now. Then we start of with putting weighted cuffs around my wrists an lifting up my arms, trying to get my arm strength back. Then as the stitches come out and you can start sweating and doing cardio, all of that blood flow helps your arm heal as well. There’s different stages to it, but it’s going well.
Q: At what point to they feel you can probably start throwing again? Is it two months, three months, or is there a certain criteria you’ll have to pass before they’ll let you start throwing a football?
Purdy: The protocol is you start throwing at three months, but it all depends on how your therapy and range of motion and everything goes up until that point. There are definitely some boxes I have to check off first before I get to that point, but that’s the plan as of now.
**You can listen to the interview here.**