San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has been fully cleared to begin training camp just months after undergoing serious elbow surgery, and well ahead of San Fran’s Week 1 visit to play the Pittsburgh Steelers to kick off the 2023 season.
Purdy injured his right elbow in the 2022 NFL Championship Game, completely tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing arm. That’s the injury that usually forces baseball pitchers to undergo Tommy John surgery, or a UCL reconstruction, but he was able to have a less-invasive surgery known as a UCL repair.
Reconstruction surgery would have ruled Purdy out for the season opener at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh on Sept. 10. (Full Steelers 2023 schedule.) But the repair has allowed the 2023 seventh-round draft pick to continue his career without missing a game.
“He’s been cleared. He’s going to be without restrictions,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said on Tuesday. Lynch added that Purdy will have additional rest days through the early part of training camp.
John Lynch said Brock Purdy is a full go:
“He’s cleared without restriction.”
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On the other hand, Lynch said that 49ers star edge rusher Nick Bosa is holding out of training camp while he and the team work on a contract extension.
Bosa was the 2022 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 18.5 sacks in 16 games last season. He also had 19 tackles for loss and forced two fumbles as the key cog in the No. 1 scoring defense in the NFL.
Bosa is under contract for 2023 and is set to earn $17.9 million in the final, option season of his rookie contract. Because he is under contract, he is subject to fines for not attending training camp.