Brock Purdy is returning to the scene of his devastating elbow injury on Sunday, but the San Francisco 49ers quarterback insists there are no residual effects.
Purdy said he is focused on this Sunday’s clash with the host Philadelphia Eagles and not dwelling on the injury-marred NFC Championship game from last January.
“I got hurt there and everything, but for me it’s Week 13,” Purdy told reporters Thursday. “We’re going on the road in a hostile environment. We’re late in season, so every game is obviously big for us. And so that’s where I’m at with my mindset. It’s a new year, two new teams, slightly different in different ways. So that’s how I look at it.”
Last season, Purdy injured his passing elbow eight minutes into the 31-7 loss when Philadelphia’s Haason Reddick delivered a blow to Purdy’s right arm.
When fill-in Josh Johnson sustained a concussion later in the contest, Purdy re-entered in the third quarter but could not throw the ball more than a few yards.
Purdy, though, said he won’t be reliving that day when he steps on the same surface at Lincoln Financial Field. He underwent major surgery in the offseason and has bounced back to enjoy a solid second NFL campaign.
“Am I going to go in there and get all sentimental about, ‘I’ve come a long way since?’ It’s not really like that,” Purdy said. “Am I going to go into the game saying I want revenge and all this kind of stuff? It’s not like that (either). So, I’m just going to try to go do my job and be the best Brock that I can be for this team.”
Purdy leads the NFL with a 70.2 completion percentage while throwing for 2,871 yards, 19 touchdowns and six interceptions for the 49ers (8-3).
Philadelphia (10-1) owns the best record in the NFL behind star quarterback Jalen Hurts, who has passed for 18 touchdowns and has run for 11 more.
–Field Level Media