San Francisco 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy departed Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Philadelphia Eagles with a right elbow injury.
The 49ers said Purdy is "questionable" to return, leaving the 49ers to turn to their fourth quarterback of the season -- 36-year-old Josh Johnson, who has started just nine times in his 10-year career. Johnson has played in only two games this season, completing one of two passes, as Purdy took over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who had taken over for the injured Trey Lance.
Purdy was injured on the 49ers' sixth play from scrimmage when he was pressured by Philadelphia's Haason Reddick. The ball came out of Purdy's hands for a lost fumble just as Reddick was delivering a blow.
Purdy was examined on the sideline and started to go on the field for San Francisco's next offensive series with 4:50 remaining. He then returned to the sideline and was replaced by Johnson.
Johnson was signed to the 49ers practice squad on Dec. 6, two days after Garoppolo broke his left foot. He Johnson entered the NFL in 2008 as a fifth-round draft choice by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and has thrown just 355 passes in his career. He has a 1-8 record as a starter and has seen game action in 39 games with seven different teams.
Johnson completed one of two passes for 10 yards while mopping up against the Buccaneers in the regular season for San Francisco in Week 14.
Purdy, a rookie out of Iowa State, is a finalist for rookie of the year honors after the 49ers won each of the seven games he has started, passing for 1,308 yards with 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
--Field Level Media