49ers QB Purdy clears concussion protocol, will start vs. Bengals

49ers QB Purdy clears concussion protocol, will start vs. Bengals originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

SANTA CLARA — Quarterback Brock Purdy has officially cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol, announced the San Francisco 49ers on Saturday.

Purdy is set to start for the 49ers in their upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.

Initially listed as “questionable” on the team’s injury report, which was released on Friday, Purdy has now been cleared with no injury designation.

Purdy entered the concussion protocol after experiencing symptoms on the 49ers’ flight back from Minnesota late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.

Despite being in the concussion protocol, Purdy participated in a walk-through practice on Wednesday and had limited practice the following day. On Friday, he received clearance to return to full practice.

Coach Kyle Shanahan stated that he follows the league’s protocol when it comes to determining the status of players with concussion symptoms.

When asked on Friday if he considered resting Purdy for the Bengals game, considering the 49ers’ upcoming bye week, Shanahan said, “To me, that wasn’t a decision because of how he’s been throughout this week, and now he’s earned his chance.”

If Purdy had not been cleared, the 49ers would have relied on backup quarterback Sam Darnold for the game against the Bengals.

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