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 was "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 since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
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 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.
This season, Johnson completed one of two passes for 10 yards while mopping up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14.
Purdy, a rookie out of Iowa State, is a finalist for Rookie of the Year honors and is 7-0 as a starter. He took over for the injured Jimmy Garoppolo, who became San Francisco's starting quarterback again after Trey Lance sustained a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2.
--Field Level Media