UPDATE #2: Purdy is still on the field, despite appearing not to be able to throw much — the QB attempted just one pass in a whole quarter. The 49ers don’t have any other options, though, with Johnson being ruled out with a concussion.
#49ers QB Josh Johnson (concussion) has been ruled out. Unreal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 29, 2023
UPDATE: Things got even worse for the 49ers early in the third quarter, when QB Josh Johnson went down hard and ended up in the medical tent before slowly making his way to the locker room. With Purdy AND Johnson out, Christian McCaffrey took over at quarterback to finish out the drive.
Purdy did end up returning on the next drive, but we’ll have to see for how long as he still deals with an elbow injury.
The quarterback situation for the San Francisco 49ers got even worse early in the NFC Championship game against the Philadelphia Eagles, when Brock Purdy took a huge hit by Haason Reddick, fumbling the ball and injuring his right elbow.
Purdy was evaluated by staff, and after attempting some passes on the sideline, had to tell head coach Kyle Shanahan that he wasn’t able to go back in the game. Fourth-string QB Josh Johnson took Purdy’s spot on the next offensive drive.
The 49ers hadn’t been able to get much going up to that point, with Purdy throwing just two passes for 19 yards before being injured. Reddick was creating incredible pressure on every snap, and Johnson wasn’t able to do much in his first drive, either.
This could be a long game for the 49ers offense as they try to hold off the incredibly dominant Eagles pass rush with a QB whose attempted just two other passes this year.
Reminder: The 49ers have no other QBs active for this game. An injury to Josh Johnson would put Kyle Juszczyk at QB.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) January 29, 2023