“Injury Updates on Quarterback Brock Purdy”

San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Brock Purdy in Concussion Protocol for Week 8

The San Francisco 49ers have added their quarterback, Brock Purdy, to the injury report as he enters the league’s concussion protocol just ahead of Week 8. The Cincinnati Bengals are scheduled to face the 49ers at Levi’s® Stadium for a Sunday afternoon game.

According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, the second-year quarterback began experiencing concussion-related symptoms during the team’s return flight from Minneapolis following their 22-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night.

Shanahan stated, “I found that out when we landed. He got checked up Tuesday, and now, he’s in the protocol.”

As of now, it remains uncertain during which play of the Week 7 game Purdy suffered the concussion. He completed all four quarters against the Vikings, making 21-of-30 pass attempts for 272 yards, securing a touchdown, but also throwing two interceptions, marking the 49ers’ second loss of the season.

According to the head coach, Purdy will be listed as a non-participant for Wednesday’s practice; however, since San Francisco has a walk-through slated for its first session of the week, Purdy is allowed to be present for the walk-through.

There is no set timeframe for players to be medically cleared for game action. Athletes must progress through a five-phase protocol agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA, and this can vary from person to person.

“He does have enough time,” Shanahan said. “He’s got to go through the process.”

Purdy’s injury comes on a short week, and should the sophomore quarterback not clear protocols in time for Sunday’s matchup, the team will look to sixth-year pro Sam Darnold to start against the Bengals.

“I have as much confidence in Sam as I could have with someone that I haven’t gone into a real NFL game with,” Shanahan said. “He was great in the offseason. He’s been great in these seven weeks so far. He’s always ready to go. He’s great in the meetings. He doesn’t get many reps – no backups do. He does well in the scout teams.”

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