Brock Purdy, the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, is resolutely trying to recover after suffering back-to-back defeats in the first two regular-season games. However, after Kyle Shanahan, the head coach, made a statement, his chances for Week 8 are now in doubt. Purdy, who experienced concussion-like symptoms while traveling back to San Francisco after the team’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, is currently in concussion protocol, according to Shanahan.
Purdy’s chances of playing on Sunday have substantially decreased. No NFL player placed in the concussion protocol this season has, according to ESPN, returned to play the following week. Since being named the starting quarterback in Week 14 of the previous season, this probable absence would be the first in his career.
In the event that Purdy is unable to play, the 49ers will likely turn to Sam Darnold, their seasoned backup, who has been assisting Purdy ever since he was selected to start during training camp, outperforming Trey Lance, the Dallas Cowboys’ current backup.
This coming Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers will host the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that just had a bye week, in their home stadium. The 2023 Brock Purdy season, which started with an excellent 5-0 record, has taken a turn for the worst, causing the 49ers to lose their position as the dominant power in the NFC. Week 6’s recent game against the Cleveland Browns, a defensive struggle that concluded 19-17, marked Purdy’s first loss of the regular season as a starter. Given that he had been dubbed “Mr. Irrelevant” in the prior draft, this outcome was especially unexpected.
When the 49ers played Minnesota on Monday night, the surprise was even more shocking. Purdy’s two interceptions in the same game, one of which happened during a potential game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter, were a major factor in Minnesota’s victory. With a 5-2 record and the top slot in the NFC West, the 49ers still have a good chance of making the playoffs this year despite these setbacks. Breaking the losing skid, however, would be difficult if Purdy is out on Sunday.
After spending his first three seasons in New York and his final two with the Carolina Panthers, Sam Darnold is starting his first season with the 49ers. The New York Jets selected him with the third overall choice in the 2018 NFL Draft. Including a 4-7 record in 2021 and a 4-2 record in his 2018 campaign with the Panthers, Darnold has a career record of 21-34 as a starter.
The absence of important players, namely left tackle Trent Williams and wide receiver Deebo Samuel, contributed to the 49ers’ latest loss on Monday. Williams skipped practice on Wednesday and is unlikely to play in any more games, and Samuel has already been ruled out of the game on Sunday.
Despite suffering two straight defeats, the 49ers defense is still a fearsome force, allowing only 15.6 points per game on average, ranking third in the league. The San Francisco club might feel revitalized upon returning to their home field, even in the absence of key players. In any case, Purdy is currently dealing with the biggest challenge he has encountered in his early NFL career.