Lance, Purdy, Jimmy G: Who will be 49ers’ starting QB in 2023?

Eric Williams

NFC West Reporter

As the San Francisco 49ers head into the offseason after another gut-wrenching loss in the NFC Championship Game, at the top of coach Kyle Shanahan’s priority list will be determining who his team’s starting quarterback will be for the 2023 season.

Currently, the 49ers don’t have a QB on the roster healthy enough to take a snap.

On Wednesday, Niners general manager John Lynch confirmed reports that rookie Brock Purdy ruptured the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow during the first quarter of San Francisco’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The initial prognosis is the injury could require surgery to fix, putting him out at least six months and likely making him unavailable until training camp. 

Purdy told reporters during locker room clean-out this week that he has not decided how he will proceed with fixing the injury and will seek a second opinion. 

“For me to claim or say anything about what’s going to happen moving forward, that’s out of my control,” Purdy told reporters. “I’m going to do what I can to get back healthy and be ready to compete come fall.”

Purdy’s replacement, fourth-string quarterback Josh Johnson, suffered a concussion during the game and could not return. 

Trey Lance, the starter at the beginning of the regular season, suffered a season-ending broken ankle in Week 2 that required surgery. Lance has subsequently had a second surgery on his right ankle to remove hardware from the first surgery and told reporters he’s expected to be cleared in three to four weeks. 

“I’m just excited to get back out there, excited to compete,” Lance said when asked how things will set up for the quarterbacks this offseason. 

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