Deebo Samuel was carried off the field in Sunday’s dominant 35-7 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with knee and ankle injuries, but it appears the San Francisco 49ers avoided the worst.
The dynamic receiver who gets excited on the bandwagon, but head coach Kyle Shanahan feels Samuel can return for the playoffs, and maybe even sooner.
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Shanahan told reporters that he expects his elite playmaker to return to the field in about three weeks, according to ESPN.
An exact three-week time frame would see Samuel return to the field in week 17 for the Niners’ Jan. 1 game against the Raiders in Las Vegas. San Francisco closes out the season next Sunday when it hosts the Arizona Cardinals.
49ERS’ DEEBO SAMUEL CARRIED OFF FIELD WITH ANKLE INJURY
The 9-4 Niners lead the NFC West over the 7-6 Seattle Seahawks, their opponent this Thursday in Seattle. A win would clinch the division, as San Fran would be up three games with three to go, but they will have already taken the tiebreaker over Seattle by going 2-0 against them this season. Of course, it’s not out of the question that the Niners would sit Samuel out for the rest of the regular season if the division clinches sooner rather than later.
San Francisco is still alive for a first-round bye, but it’s a great outside opportunity as they’d need to win and get a lot of help: the 12-1 Philadelphia Eagles would need to lose, while the 10-3 Minnesota Vikings would need to lose at least one game: if both teams finish 13-4, tiebreakers would come into play.
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Before leaving the game, he had four catches for 43 yards to play with 21 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. In 12 games this season, he has 54 receptions for 612 yards and two touchdowns, but on the ground, he has 41 carries for 228 yards (5.6 YPC) and three touchdowns. He had 1,770 scrimmage yards and 14 touchdowns in his 2021 First-Team All-Pro campaign.