NFL Injury Update: 49ers HC Kyle Shanahan says Brock Purdy ‘throws three times a week’ with UCL surgery recovery ahead of schedule

Injuries are an unfortunate part of professional sports, often causing setbacks for players and teams. However, in the case of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy, there’s reason to be optimistic. His recovery from right UCL surgery has progressed ahead of schedule, according to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. 

This article provides an update on Purdy’s recovery process and highlights the commendation from General Manager John Lynch regarding his attitude and recovery pace.

Brock Purdy is ahead of schedule recovering from right UCL surgery

Since undergoing surgery on March 10 to repair an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury in his throwing elbow, Brock Purdy has been making remarkable strides in his recovery. The young quarterback’s commitment and dedication to his rehab program have paid off, allowing him to surpass the expected recovery timeline. Coach Kyle Shanahan expressed his admiration for his relentless work ethic, stating that his obsession with rehabilitation has contributed to his accelerated progress.

Brock Purdy

His throwing program has intensified, with him now throwing three times a week. While he didn’t participate in on-field activities during the recent minicamp, he was present on the sidelines, actively engaging in meetings. 

Although Shanahan hasn’t directly observed the quarterback’s throwing sessions, he explained that the quarterback adheres to a structured schedule, determining when, how often, and how far he throws. This consistent and disciplined approach has yielded positive results thus far, with no reported setbacks.

The 49ers organization remains hopeful that the quarterback will make a full recovery and be ready to lead the team in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10. His progress serves as a source of optimism and anticipation among both the coaching staff and fans.

GM John Lynch commended Purdy’s attitude and recovery pace

General Manager John Lynch expressed his satisfaction with Brock’s attitude and recovery pace following the quarterback’s right UCL surgery. In an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, Lynch acknowledged the importance of hitting specific milestones during the recovery process. 

The quarterback reached the 12-week mark post-surgery, which indicated that it was time for him to start throwing. The GM mentioned that Purdy had completed one throwing session so far, and the results were encouraging. Despite the limited progress made at this stage, Lynch praised his work ethic and dedication to his rehabilitation, emphasizing that the quarterback puts in maximum effort when given a task.

Brock Purdy


The GM also emphasized that the current timelines and guidelines are not set in stone, and the team will take the quarterback’s progress as it comes. While Lynch expressed hope for Purdy’s timely return, he acknowledged the need to remain flexible and adapt to the circumstances.

“And as for best-case scenario, we’re just going to kind of take it as it comes,” Lynch added. “But the hope is he’s ready for training camp. The hope is he’s ready for the regular season.”

As the 49ers head into the upcoming season, Purdy’s progress provides optimism and excitement. With his recovery on track, the team remains hopeful that he will be ready to lead them in the season opener. The commendation from General Manager John Lynch not only recognizes Purdy’s individual effort but also reinforces the team’s values of resilience and determination.

Maheen Zaib

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