49ers’ Brock Purdy has an oblique injury; Deebo Samuel back before playoffs

A day after his historic performance in his first career start, there was news that added to Brock Purdy’s burgeoning legend and could further test the San Francisco 49ers’ ability to adapt.

The rookie quarterback managed to roast the Buccaneers in a 35-7 win while playing through oblique (abdominal muscle) and rib injuries that required him to undergo an MRI exam Monday.

After testing, Purdy was termed “day-to-day” by the team, which suggests he avoided a serious injury. However, the 49ers’ quick turnaround — they will play Thursday night in Seattle — could mean there’s a possibility they will use their fourth starting quarterback of the season when they visit the Seahawks.

The 49ers did get a bit of unquestionably good injury news Monday: Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is expected to return at some point before their regular-season finale against Arizona on Jan. 7 or 8 after an MRI revealed he has an MCL sprain and ankle sprain.

There was concern Sunday after Samuel was carted off in the second quarter that he’d suffered a high ankle sprain, which typically requires a recovery of four to six weeks.

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