PHILADELPHIA — The San Francisco 49ers, having already moved into midfield on the third string, had to switch to their fourth option in the first quarter of Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Niners quarterback Brooke Purdy He suffered a right elbow injury on San Francisco’s sixth offensive strike. Return is questionable.
With Purdy out, the veteran caller signal Josh Johnson Purdy substituted with 4:50 left in the first quarter. The 49ers went three times in Johnson’s opening drive.
Birdie’s injury occurred with 7:03 remaining in the first quarter. Facing second and sixth at fifty, Purdy dropped back to throw, looking for a wide Brandon Ayuk down the left side.
Eagles pass cavalier Hasson Riddick He raced past tight end Niners Tyler Croft He struck Purdy while trying to throw, which knocked the ball loose. It bounced off Purdy’s elbow and drove to the Philadelphia 44, where the Eagles had defensive tackle Linval Joseph recovered.
Purdy initially tried to get back into the game, but coach Kyle Shanahan stopped him and sent Johnson into the game while Purdy retreated to the blue medical tent for further evaluation. Purdy, who became the fifth rookie quarterback to start a conference championship game, was 2 of 2 for 19 yards at the time of the injury.
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