The timeline of Brock Purdy’s impending UCL surgery came into focus on Wednesday morning.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Purdy will meet with Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas on February 21 and plans to have surgery to repair his torn UCL on February 22. Meister is the team doctor of the Texas Rangers. The expectation is Purdy will make a full recovery and be ready for training camp.
While there was a possibility Purdy would need to undergo Tommy John surgery, the timeline suggests Purdy will undergo an internal brace procedure. The six-month timeline reported by Rapoport is consistent with the internal brace procedure discussed by John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan last week.
“I think the positive bit of news is that it seems to be consistent that the right approach is that one that takes about that six-month mark,” said Lynch. “Now, everybody will also say you never know until you get in there.”
San Francisco has dealt with several injuries in recent years. Shanahan was pleased with what he heard regarding Purdy’s possible return.
“The coolest thing for me to hear about that once three months is over, they start the rehab of just building the arm back slowly, and by six months it’s built back,” said Shanahan. “And that’s when I started asking questions, does that mean ease him in? When you think of ACLs and they said, no, the buildups been from three-to-six and at six months, he is the same dude and full go, so that was the most encouraging part that I heard.”
Purdy joined the Papa and Lund show on KNBR Thursday afternoon to discuss the process.
“Everyone is saying it will be best for my career moving forward to get the surgery, to get the repair with the internal brace,” said Purdy. “Still, there could be some question as to getting a hybrid surgery, which is reconstruction with the internal brace. So, we’re going into it thinking the repair with the internal brace, for sure. All the surgeons have said that and that’s what we’re hoping for.”
According to Purdy any decision to change the procedure will be at the discretion of Dr. Meister.
“He’s done this year after year with the best of the best major league baseball pitchers. He’s going to make the best call for my career moving forward.
Compared to their baseball counterparts, it is uncommon for football players to need UCL surgery. Two well-known UCL surgeries for NFL quarterbacks are Jake Delhomme and Nick Mullens.
In October of 2007, Delhomme underwent Tommy John surgery. 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.
San Francisco fans are familiar with Nick Mullens. The 49ers quarterback suffered a UCL injury on December 20, 2020, against the Dallas Cowboys. Mullens underwent an internal brace procedure similar to the one Purdy will undergo. Mullens was cleared just five months later.
Purdy provided the timeframe he has been given to get back should the surgery go as planned.
“They said I will be able to start throwing and get onto a program after three months or so and then be ready for camp.”