Jan 29, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) hands off to running back Christian McCaffrey (23) against the Philadelphia Eagles during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Brock Purdy to undergo MRI on elbow, ‘sad’ for 49ers veterans

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy will undergo an MRI on his injured throwing elbow Monday after the team’s season ended with Sunday’s 31-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game.

Purdy’s right elbow was injured in the first quarter on a blow from Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick. He later had to re-enter the game after backup Josh Johnson sustained a concussion.

Purdy only attempted two short passes after returning. He later told reporters his arm felt “shocks all over from my elbow down to my wrist” and “just pain” when he threw, limiting him to nothing more than 5-yard throws.

“I’m just so sad for the older guys, Fred (Warner), Trent (Williams), George (Kittle), Arik Armstead, everyone,” the rookie quarterback said postgame. “All the guys that have been through this.

“They’ve obviously been in the Super Bowl in ‘19 and then last year in the NFC Championship and then for this to happen, in the first drive, really, of ‘Man, like this is the kind of game we have to play after the first drive,’ I’m just frustrated. But more sad for those guys than anything, because they deserve to go, to win, to win the whole thing.”

Johnson — the 49ers’ fourth quarterback this season following injuries to Trey Lance, Jimmy Garoppolo and Purdy — was 7-of-13 passing before his head hit the turf from a hit by Ndamukong Suh of the Eagles.

“Guys were up for the challenge,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said of Johnson entering the game. “I thought our defense was playing real well. We felt Josh was going to go in there and execute our plan and give us a chance.”

–Field Level Media

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