Brock Purdy proving himself to the 49ers despite not being "100 percent" healthy

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San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy is still dealing with the oblique and rib injuries he suffered against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and played against the Seattle Seahawks. Ahead of Saturday’s game against the Washington Commanders, NFL member Jay Glazer shared more information about the injury.

“What people don’t know is that the last game they played a couple of Thursdays ago in Seattle, he actually had an oblique strain,” Glazer said on FOX’s pregame show, “and had some muscle fiber tears, and also a rib injury as well An hour and a half before the game, he couldn’t throw more than 10 yards.

“He had a painkiller injection and the team said, ‘Oh my God.’ What they thought about him just exploded that day.”

This week, head coach Kyle Shanahan told NBC Sports Bay Area that he wasn’t sure if Purdy would be able to play against the Seahawks. And he wasn’t just talking about the week leading up to Thursday night’s game. Shanahan wasn’t sure his rookie quarterback would survive the game as he watched him in pregame warmups.

Purdy was determined to play, however.

Shanahan was hoping to be able to play a little bit, but he wasn’t optimistic that the quarterback would survive the entire game. However, Purdy managed to survive the game, helping the 49ers capture the NFC West crown and a playoff berth.

Nine days later against the Washington Commanders, the injury still plagues Purdy. That didn’t stop his 49ers from winning their eighth straight game, however.

“He’s definitely not 100%,” Shanahan told reporters after the 37-20 victory. “So I think that affects him a little bit.”

Still, the quarterback feels a lot better compared to what he was facing in that Seahawks game. He finished Saturday’s game against the Commanders at 15 of 22 for 234 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a passer rating of 114.6.

“Honestly, I felt a little bit more against Seattle,” admitted Purdy. “So there were some moves, like certain weird moves where I would feel my rib and whatnot. But for this game, I felt great honestly going into the game. I did well with the treatment and everything throughout week leading up So I felt better on the run, especially going to my left and all that.

“Yeah, I think if the coach had called that kind of thing out in Seattle too, I would have made it happen anyway. It’s part of the game.”

With four games of extended playing time and three starts under his belt, is Purdy more comfortable in his role as the 49ers’ starting quarterback?

Shanahan said: “We always knew he was in charge from the start but once you go through those weeks it’s not just the games but also getting used to the way he is Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, the whole routine. of the week, meetings, everything. Him starting to talk to the guys, they get used to the guy more, and it’s been fun.”

The only change for Purdy is that he is getting more reps in practices and playing time in games. The rookie quarterback has always spent the week preparing like he was the starter.

“I don’t really think about, Am I getting more and more comfortable? or anything like that,” shared Purdy. “I still have the same fire and drive as before, [when] I wasn’t playing. I want in, and I want to taste [myself] to my teammates and earn their respect with every pressure, every push, that kind of mentality.

“I just have to remind myself not to lose that passion and that fire and that it’s never easy. Every game, no matter who we’re playing, it’s never easy.”

Tight end George Kittle, who caught two touchdown passes from Purdy, believes the rookie’s confidence makes everyone around him more confident.

“You can tell he did tens of thousands of reps at halfback,” said Kittle. “I think that’s very useful for him right now, which is why he was able to come on at the end of the season and play at a high level.”

Perhaps the best quote about Purdy came from a 49ers wide receiver.

“With Purdy, from day one, he’s got great cojones, man,” said Ray-Ray McCloud.

Despite being a rookie, McCloud believes that Purdy gives off “alpha male” vibes in the locker room.

“And when he’s out there, he takes the lead in the pack,” shared McCloud. “And that’s since pre-season, when he got here, OTAs, and that doesn’t surprise us on the pitch.”

The 49ers were happy after beating the Washington Commanders 37-20 at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, and that led to a lot of good material coming out of the locker room after the game. Players like George Kittle and Nick Bosa were dressed in holiday gear when they spoke to reporters after the game, while the team at large was thrilled to come into Christmas with a win. As a special treat, players will be able to rest up over Christmas before returning to their regular schedule as they prepare for the Las Vegas Raiders next Sunday. “Yeah, we’re totally out

49ers tight end George Kittle left a football version of a lump of coal in one of his teammate’s socks on Saturday, and he doesn’t seem the least bit sorry he did it. Kittle caught two touchdown passes in the 49ers’ 37-20 win over the Washington Commanders on Saturday, but the first one wasn’t supposed to go to him. It was for wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud, but Kittle broke through and caught it, giving him a 34-yard touchdown run that put the 49ers up 14-7 over the Commanders early in the third quarter. Video of the play shows Kittle and McCloud running to where Purdy threw the ball, but Kittle beat McCloud on the play, while McCloud was left wondering where Kittle came from and what he was.

As Sunday night wears on and the rest of the NFL finds itself in the midst of critical playoff pushes or tank woes, the 49ers are sitting as the official champions of the NFC West. Its games for the remainder of the year — in Las Vegas and at home against the Commanders and Cardinals — are certainly winnable, but San Francisco’s wave of success has shifted the team’s priorities. As always after a playoff win, the Niners have a chance to stay healthy and give their reserves more reps should they be needed for emergencies or special roles in the playoffs. But there is one backup in particular who has risen to the point of becoming a true X factor in the 49ers’ playoff push – QB Brock Purdy. The NFL world will be watching the 49ers for the next

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