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Sport 49ers’ big play WR Deebo Samuel suffers broken foot, out 12-16 weeks

23:32  18 june  2020
23:32  18 june  2020 Source:   profootballrumors.com

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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel broke his foot during a practice session, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Samuel suffered the injury on Tuesday and will have surgery today to correct the Jones fracture in his left foot, according to Rapoport.

a group of football players on the field: Niners wide receiver Deebo Samuel will have surgery on his broken left foot. © Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Niners wide receiver Deebo Samuel will have surgery on his broken left foot.

Samuel “should be able” to suit up “early in the season,” Rapoport hears, saying the 2019 second-round could miss 12-16-weeks (Twitter link). It stands to reason Samuel won’t be ready to go for Week 1, when the 49ers are slated to face the Cardinals on Sept. 13.

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Samuel impressed as a rookie last season with 57 receptions for 802 yards and three touchdowns. He was slated to serve as one of  the team’s leading receivers, along with second-year pro Brandon Aiyuk, Jalen Hurd and Kendrick Bourne. The Niners may choose to stand pat, depending on how Samuel’s recovery  goes, but they will likely assess available wide receiver options as well.

While it represents good news that Samuel will likely be able to return during the season’s first half, this is a considerable blow to a passing attack that lost Emmanuel Sanders. The 49ers allowed the 2019 trade acquisition-turned-Super Bowl starter to defect to the Saints in free agency. The drop from Samuel to the rest  of San Francisco’s receivers is fairly significant. 

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The 49ers do have 2018 second-round pick Dante Pettis, but after a promising rookie season, the Washington alum barely played down the stretch as a second-year pro.

Free-agent options include Taylor Gabriel, who played for Kyle Shanahan with the 2016 Falcons. Jordan Matthews, whom the 49ers added last year, is also on the market. So are Jermaine Kearse and Dontrelle Inman. Bigger names such as Josh Gordon — who just applied again for NFL reinstatement — and Antonio Brown are also available.

The 49ers were connected to Brown last  year but opted not to pull the trigger on a trade. 

San Francisco has been aggressive on the trade market to plug holes recently, so it would not be surprising to see the defending NFC champions make a move to bolster this position while Samuel recovers.

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