Speaking with media at the NFL scouting combine last week, 49ers general manager John Lynch said quarterback Brock Purdy would meet with Dr. Keith Meister later in the week. The hope for San Francisco was to hear that inflammation around the UCL in Purdy’s throwing elbow had improved.
According to Michael Silver of the San Francisco Chronicle, Purdy will be undergoing surgery in Dallas on Friday.
Purdy was initially set to have surgery on February 22, however Dr. Meister chose to postpone the surgery due to swelling and stiffness.
“We want the best outcome. And that’s where Dr. Meister made a really tough decision and we’re very appreciative,“ said Lynch last Tuesday. “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. And so, we’re very thankful and we’re hopeful that when they meet down in Arizona this week they can move forward and then it would be early next week as to when they would go in there and have the surgery.”
The hope for San Francisco and Purdy is Dr. Meister will be able to repair the UCL with an internal brace, however the exact procedure won’t be known until the doctor opens up the arm. If the damage is more severe than anticipated, Purdy would need to undergo a hybrid procedure.
Placement of an internal brace is the least invasive procedure possible. The general timeline to return would have Purdy throwing after three months and be fully ready around week one of the regular season. If Purdy needs the hybrid procedure his timeline to return could become nine months to a year.
For San Francisco, gaining clarity on Purdy’s availability is a necessity.
The 49ers are currently without a healthy quarterback. Trey Lance is working to return from a broken ankle which sidelined him for all but five quarters in 2022, and Jimmy Garoppolo is set to be a free agent.
Lynch talked about the need for the Niners to insulate themselves with a veteran quarterback. When Purdy is expected to return is likely to have an impact on which veteran the team choses to bring in.