Brock Purdy, the 49ers' quarterback, was placed in the concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head against the Vikings
In Santa Clara Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated on Wednesday that quarterback Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers is undergoing the NFL's concussion protocol as a result of a blow to the head he sustained during the team's Monday night loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Early on Wednesday afternoon, while updating the media on player injuries, Shanahan made the announcement, adding that Purdy's participation was novel.
"While traveling, he began to get symptoms. That's what we discovered when we landed. We were all sound sleeping when he got checked out yesterday, and he's now following protocol, according to Shanahan.
Shanahan responded, "He does have enough time," in response to the question of whether Purdy had enough time to get through protocol and be ready to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. All he needs to do is follow the steps."
According to Shanahan, he was unsure of Purdy's exact concussion date. On Wednesday, he would be permitted to participate in a few walkthroughs during practice. After watching the tape, Shanahan claimed he saw nothing suggesting Purdy was impacted by the blow.
Purdy did appear to feel better on Wednesday than he did on Tuesday, he did mention that.
During the final 5:30 of the fourth quarter, the quarterback threw two interceptions to Vikings defender Camryn Bynum. Purdy may have suffered the concussion during a quarterback sneak earlier in the quarter, according to some conjecture on social media.
The 49ers (5-2) suffered their first regular season setback of Purdy's career the week before when they were defeated 19-17 at Cleveland.
The team will turn to backup quarterback Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall selection in 2018 who defeated Trey Lance of the 49ers in 2021 for the backup position, if Purdy is unable to play against the Bengals on Sunday.
Shanahan stated that if it came to that, he would feel at ease starting Darnold.
"I have as much confidence in Sam as I could have with someone that I haven't gone into a real NFL game with," he stated. "During the offseason, he excelled. He is always prepared to go and has done a tremendous job throughout his first seven weeks here."
Lance, who finished as the third-string quarterback, was dealt to the Dallas Cowboys.