Steve Young jokes he's 'warming up in the parking lot' after Purdy, Johnson injuries

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The worst-case scenario came to pass for the 49ers against the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

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First, third-string quarterback Brock Purdy went down with an elbow injury. Then, his backup, veteran journeyman Josh Johnson, was later knocked out with a concussion.

For the Niners, it was a brutal development after previous starters Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo had similarly been lost to injury earlier in the season.

For beleaguered San Francisco fans, they were left wondering who else was left to play under center.

One of them even checked in with 61-year-old team legend Steve Young.

The Hall of Famer jokingly responded that he was "warming up in the parking lot."

"Let me know," Young added.

Of course, Young, who is now an analyst with ESPN, won three Super Bowls with the 49ers, once as the starter and twice as backup to fellow team legend Joe Montana. But Young called it a career in 1999 after 15 seasons in the league, so it's pretty safe to assume he won't be returning to the gridiron.

Meanwhile, the 49ers struggled to find any sort of offensive rhythm without Purdy in Sunday's loss. He returned to the game intermittently, but appeared to be compromised, with the Niners largely limiting the play calls to handoffs and short throws.

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