San Francisco 49ers star receiver Deebo Samuel sustained another injury against the Washington Football Team, and the early updates are not good for the wideout. Samuel suffered a hamstring injury at the beginning of the 49ers-Washington matchup and did not return to the game. NBC Sports Bay Area’s Jennifer Lee Chan reposted a now-deleted message Samuel put on his Instagram Story.
“Whyyyyyy????” Samuel posted along with broken heart emojis.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed that Samuel has a hamstring strain and expects the receiver to be “out a while.” Shanahan added that the team is not ready to put a specific timeline on Samuel’s return, but it does not sound promising. Samuel had one reception for eight yards before exiting the game after making the catch.
“49ers Deebo Samuel deleted this from his IG story – but still not a good sign,” Chan noted on Twitter. “The sophomore wideout will have an MRI tomorrow.”
Here is a look at the now-deleted post from Samuel.
— Jennifer Lee Chan (@jenniferleechan) December 14, 2020
Shanahan on Samuel’s Injury: ‘Didn’t Look Good’
Shanahan did not sound optimistic when describing Samuel’s injury after the game. Shanahan admitted in his post-game press conference that Samuel’s injury “didn’t look good.”
“It happened the first play and you could just talking to him, I know (he’ll have an) MRI and we’ll look at it tomorrow but it didn’t look good,” Shanahan said, per 49ersWebZone.com.
Shanahan added the following day that the Niners would have to make the playoffs for Samuel to play again this season, per San Jose Mercury’s Cam Inman. While Shanahan painted a grim outlook of Samuel’s injury, the 49ers coach brushed off the idea that it was the reason the team struggled against Washington. It is just the latest in a long list of injuries to key Niners players this season.
“We lost a pretty big element but it’s not why we lost today,” Shanahan noted, via 49ersWebZone.com. “I mean, with the way our defense played. Obviously, Deebo is a huge part of us and would have helped a ton but that wasn’t why we lost.”
Samuel Has Missed Nearly Half of the Niners’ Season
Samuel has been electric when he is on the field, but the receiver has struggled to stay healthy. The Niners wideout has only played in seven games this season missing nearly half of the team’s matchup with various injuries. Samuel had 11 receptions for 133 yards in the team’s Week 12 win against the Rams. Back in October, Jimmy Garoppolo praised Samuel noting that he has similarities to receivers and running backs.
“Yeah, it’s a different type of play, but it’s all around the NFL now,” Garoppolo explained, per 49ersWebZone.com. “Deebo, I think he’s the best in the league at it. The guy, he runs like a running back, has moves like a receiver. It’s unique what he could do with the ball in his hands. It was a great, great offensive job tonight. Great defense. I mean, it was all three phases working together.”
One of the few bright spots in the 49ers’ loss to Washington was the play of rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk. The receiver notched 10 receptions for 119 yards in the team’s loss to Washington. If Samuel is forced to miss additional time, it will be more of an opportunity for Aiyuk to continue to shine.
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