The San Francisco 49ers had a string of bad luck this season in terms of injuries to their quarterbacks that was nearly unprecedented.
It all culminated with them literally having no healthy signal-callers in their blowout loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
🏈Brock Purdy has a torn ulnar collateral ligament that will sideline him six months.
🏈Jimmy Garoppolo suffered a broken foot in December and is now a free agent.
🏈Trey Lance fractured his fibula and had ligament damage that required two surgeries on his ankle.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 30, 2023
Going into the season, second-year man Trey Lance was designated as the starter, and it made some sense given the draft capital they gave up to be able to take him in the 2021 NFL Draft.
After showing some glimpses of perhaps becoming a good signal-caller, he suffered a severe ankle injury in Week 2 that knocked him out for the whole season.
Jimmy Garoppolo, the team’s previous starter ever since he was acquired in 2017, took over under center and played reasonably well.
After a 3-4 start, San Francisco traded for star running back Christian McCaffrey, and it started to take off, winning four games in a row.
But in Week 13, Garoppolo went down, forcing Brock Purdy, the last player taken in the 2022 draft, to start under center.
He played very well on a consistent basis, and Niners fans felt they had found their next franchise quarterback.
However, his elbow injury ended a 12-game winning streak that looked like it may have ended with the team’s sixth world championship.
With Purdy expected to be out for at least six months, the 49ers once again have the familiar feeling of uncertainty surrounding the most important position in football, and his injury could end up torpedoing their chances next season as well.NEXT: NFL Insider Offers Clarity On Brock Purdy's Injury