Seahawks-49ers Injuries: RB Walker clear, SF QB Purdy questionable

Dec 14, 2022, 4:30 PM
Seahawks 49ers Brock Purdy...
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy throws a touchdown pass against Tampa Bay on Dec. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
(AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy is officially listed as questionable for Thursday night’s game against Seattle after injuring his ribs and oblique in an impressive first start in his career, while lead Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III is clear after missing Seattle’s previous game.

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Purdy was limited during the light practices all week because of the injury. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday a final decision on Purdy’s status wouldn’t be made until the day of the game against the Seahawks.

Shanahan said Purdy is not in danger of making the injury worse by playing. Purdy said he’s dealing with some pain but said it wasn’t “excruciating.”

“I feel like this is part of the game,” Purdy said. “A lot of the guys have said, welcome to the NFL in terms of you get banged up a little bit, you have to be ready to roll in four days. You have to learn another install, you have to memorize plays, you have to get guys going around you, so this is it. This is the best of the best. And for me, I look at it as a challenge.”

Purdy has answered his first challenges since taking over in the first quarter in Week 13 after Jimmy Garoppolo went down with a broken left foot.

Purdy, who was the last pick in the NFL draft in April, threw two TD passes in a relief effort to help beat Miami in his first extensive action and then had two TD passes and a TD run last week in a 35-7 win over Tampa Bay.

Purdy got injured on the second drive that game but played through the injury.

The 49ers also listed defensive lineman Kerry Hyder (ankle) and cornerback Ambry Thomas (ankle) as questionable for the game Thursday night. San Francisco (9-4) can clinch the NFC West with a win.

The Niners said Garoppolo (foot), receiver Deebo Samuel (ankle, knee), defensive linemen Kevin Givens (knee) and Hassan Ridgeway (pectoral), defensive back Tarvarius Moore (knee) and CB Samuel Womack (concussion) will all miss the game.

The Seahawks are relatively healthy for a late-season game on short rest. Walker was not on the injury report Wednesday after missing Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers with an ankle injury. The rookie running back was listed as a full participant on the Wednesday practice report.

Five Seattle players are listed as questionable for Thursday’s game: running back DeeJay Dallas (foot), safety Ryan Neal (knee), nose tackle Al Woods (Achilles), safety Joey Blount (back), and cornerback Tre Brown (illness). No Hawks players are listed as out or doubtful.

The Thursday night showdown between the top two teams in the NFC West is set for 5:15 p.m., with radio coverage being carried on Seattle Sports 710 AM and KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM beginning at 2 p.m. with the pregame show.

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