49ers QB Brock Purdy clears concussion protocol

Oct 23, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy (13) throws a pass as Minnesota Vikings linebacker Danielle Hunter (99) and linebacker D.J. Wonnum (left) rush in during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has cleared concussion protocol and will not carry an injury designation into Sunday’s game against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan on Friday indicated Purdy would start if he was cleared to play.

“Yeah, definitely,” Shanahan told reporters. “He was full-go today, so he’s just got to pass that (Saturday).”

Purdy began experiencing concussion symptoms on the flight home following Monday night’s 22-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings during which he appeared to take a hard hit to the helmet. He returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis before turning in a full session on Friday. He was then listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.

Purdy is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,668 yards, 11 TDs and three interceptions on the season.

If Purdy does not play, Sam Darnold would be in line to make his first start for San Francisco. The former New York Jets and Carolina Panthers starter signed with the 49ers as a free agent in March.

–Field Level Media

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