Brock Purdy, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, recently visited with Dr. Keith Meister who recommended delaying his scheduled elbow surgery due to ongoing inflammation in the area. Reportedly they intend to meet again in a week or two in order to reassess his situation.
The UCL repair is expected to take place in March so that Purdy can be ready for the 2023 season. The postponement of surgery could affect his ability to compete with Trey Lance for the starting QB spot in training camp. This could lead to yet another year of uncertainty at the QB position for the 49ers.
Furthermore, there is also a possibility that once the doctors are in his elbow, they may find more extensive damage that requires more extensive surgery. In such a case, Purdy may not be able to return in time for the start of next season. This would be a significant setback for both Purdy and the 49ers, as Purdy has shown promise in his performances, and the team is looking to build on its recent success.
It is clear that the decision to delay Purdy’s surgery is not one that was taken lightly. However, the 49ers and Purdy’s medical team are likely weighing the risks and benefits of the surgery to ensure that he can return to peak performance as soon as possible while minimizing the chances of any long-term damage.