Here's When Deebo Samuel Could Return From Injury for 49ers

Tristan Jung
Deebo Samuel could miss the start of the season with a foot fracture.
Deebo Samuel could miss the start of the season with a foot fracture. / Focus On Sport/Getty Images
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In June 2020, Deebo Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot while running a route during a player-organized workout. The injury threatened to hurt the San Francisco 49ers passing game going forward, and a recent update from Peter King hints that Samuel won't be ready for the start of the season.

Samuel's rookie season saw some impressive performances. He tallied 802 receiving yards and 159 rushing yards along with 6 touchdowns. He was a key target for quarterback Jimmy Garappolo and looked ready to improve next season.

However, the reporting on the injury shows that Samuel might not be able to play for the first month of the year. In fact, King suggested the Week 6 matchup with the Los Angeles Rams could be the target date for his return.

Losing Samuel would be a big blow for the 49ers offense. Though the 49ers' early schedule is not so difficult with the Arizona Cardinals, New York Jets, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins through the first five games, the difficulty ramps up pretty quickly after that.

Having Samuel back for a five-week stretch that sees San Francisco play the Rams, New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints would be a huge help.

Hopefully the 49ers can get Samuel back soon as they seek to avenge their Super Bowl loss from last year. With a highly competitive NFC West, they cannot afford to have a slow start. In the meantime, Kendrick Bourne, Dante Pettis and Brandon Aiyuk should see an increased role in the offense.


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