Niners WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder) ruled out in win vs. Packers


San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel suffered a left shoulder injury and was ruled out of Saturday’s 24-21 Divisional Round win against the Green Bay Packers.

Following the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan had no immediate update on Samuel. 

“I don’t know yet,” he said of the severity, adding that the injury was similar to what Samuel suffered earlier in the season against the Cleveland Browns. “We’ll see tomorrow.”

Samuel suffered the injury on the 49ers’ second drive, after which he went to the locker room for evaluation and was designated as questionable. He showed up for the second half in street clothes, making it clear he wasn’t returning. Minutes afterward, the team declared him out following a three-and-out on the offense’s first drive.

The Niners WR had previously been evaluated for a head injury after taking a hit on a catch during the team’s first drive.

He was cleared from that injury, only to suffer another one.

Samuel departed the game with two catches for 24 yards with San Francisco winning, 7-3.

He recorded 60 catches for 892 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games played during the regular season. The Niners were 0-2 in the two contests Samuel missed, part of a three-game losing streak that began with the wideout hurting his shoulder in a Week 6 defeat to the Browns.

But rather than follow that trend, San Francisco leaned on its other explosive playmakers.

Christian McCaffrey ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner, while George Kittle led the team with 81 yards and also added a score on four catches.

Both helped power the Niners to a comeback victory to reach the NFC Championship Game for a third straight season.

Whether or not Samuel will be available for that remains to be seen.



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