49ers’ Purdy Returns to NFC Championship, Johnson Heads to Locker Room

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy has returned to Sunday’s NFC Championship Game after suffering an injury to his right (throwing) elbow in the first quarter.

Purdy was replaced by fourth-stringer Josh Johnson for one quarter, but Johnson took a big hit in the third quarter, causing him to leave the game to get checked for a concussion.

Purdy was hit by Philadelphia Eagles pass rusher Haason Reddick, who stripped the ball from the quarterback’s hand on the 49ers’ sixth offensive snap of the game.

Purdy tried to warm up on the sideline and trotted onto the field for the next drive but returned to the sidelines after a conversation with coach Kyle Shanahan.

Johnson went 7-for-13 passing for 74 yards. He directed the 49ers to their first touchdown, a 23-yard run by Christian McCaffrey.

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