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Brock Purdy injury: What ACTIVE status means for Week 15 fantasy football

Brock Purdy is dealing with an oblique and rib injury ahead of Week 15. We break down what it means for fantasy football roster decisions.

Brock Purdy #13 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to throw against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Levi’s Stadium on December 11, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

Game status update: Purdy is officially ACTIVE for Thursday night’s game. He will be the starting quarterback.

Game day update: Brock Purdy is expected to play through his oblique injury and questionable tag, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The San Francisco 49ers travel to face the Seattle Seahawks in a huge NFC West showdown on Thursday Night Football to open Week 15. The 49ers can clinch the NFC West title with a win, while a Seahawks win would cut San Francisco’s lead to one and keep this thing tight coming down the stretch.

The 49ers have been dealing with a host of injuries, and the latest is to their third starting quarterback. Brock Purdy suffered an injury to his oblique and rib in the team’s Week 14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Purdy was limited in all three practices this week and is listed as questionable for Thursday’s game.

Fantasy football implications

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told the media on Tuesday that if Purdy plays, he is not at risk of further injury. Rather, it’s a question of pain tolerance. It seems likely we will see Purdy out there gutting it out through some pain.

Purdy has impressed the past two weeks, scoring 14.3 in relief of Jimmy Garoppolo two weeks ago, and 21.7 points last week when he started the game. His performance last week was the sixth best performance among quarterbacks. If he plays, it will be without Deebo Samuel, which downgrades him a little.

We can’t really say with certainty what the injury means for his potential performance because he has such a small sample size in the NFL. Maybe his performance takes a big hit, maybe it doesn’t. There’s nothing to compare it to given his sudden emergence. He’s clearly excelling in Shanahan’s offense, so if you were thinking of starting him before the injury, you might as well stick with him.