Samuel (foot) is expected to return to practice Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday, Samuel should make an appearance at practice this week, but the 49ers intend to ease him into the fold as he works to be activated from injured reserve. Due to the 2020-based IR rules, the team can technically bring Samuel off the list before Sunday's game versus the Eagles. That said, San Francisco likely will wait until its Week 5 contest against the Dolphins on Oct. 11 to do so. In the meantime, the 49ers' receiving corps will continue to be manned by Kendrick Bourne, Brandon Aiyuk, Trent Taylor, Mohamed Sanu and Dante Pettis.
Samuel (foot) should resume practicing during the upcoming week, but the 49ers aren't expecting to bring him back from injured reserve until their Week 5 game against the Dolphins on Oct. 11, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Since he opened the season on IR, Samuel is eligible to return beginning in Week 4, but given the 49ers' desire to ease him back from his June surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his left foot, the wideout likely won't gain clearance to play next Sunday against the Eagles. The 49ers will likely wait and see how Samuel looks in practice this week before formally deciding on his status for the Philadelphia game. Samuel is one of several key San Francisco skill-position players that has missed time already this season, as tight end George Kittle (knee), quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and running backs Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) will all join him on the sideline in the team's Week 3 game against the Giants.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Samuel (foot) has looked good running routes and should return to practice next week, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
A Week 4 return has been the goal ever since Samuel was placed on injured reserve. His availability for next Sunday's game against the Eagles remains uncertain, but it sounds like he'll at least make it back to the practice field, where the 49ers can then evaluate his health and explosiveness. The Niners certainly could use the help, as they're currently preparing to face the Giants in Week 3 without QB Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), TE George Kittle (knee) and RBs Raheem Mostert (knee) and Tevin Coleman (knee) in the lineup. Samuel should be a crucial part of the offense whenever he's ready, whether he's catching passes from Garoppolo or Nick Mullens.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said the 49ers are aiming for Samuel (foot) to make his season debut Week 4 against the Eagles, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.
Shanahan explained the decision to place Samuel on injured reserve Saturday, telling Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com that the wide receiver had some lingering soreness in his left foot that developed into a "little bit of a setback." Consequently, Samuel has a few weeks to complete his rehab from June surgery on a Jones fracture in his left foot, with the hope he'll be available Oct. 4 versus Philly. In the meantime, the 49ers will rely on Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and Dante Pettis in a receiving corps that also has question marks surrounding Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) and Richie James (hamstring).
Samuel (foot) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The decision means Samuel will not play for at least the first three weeks of the season. It's a bit surprising considering coach Kyle Shanahan was hopeful the second-year wideout would be able to practice this week. Whether Samuel suffered some sort of setback or the 49ers are just being cautious remains to be seen, but the move likely benefits the short-term fantasy values of Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) in the meantime.
Samuel (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Coach Kyle Shanahan was optimistic about Samuel returning from mid-June foot surgery for Week 1, but the wideout never even made it to the practice field this week, instead remaining focused on his rehab. With no report of a setback, it's possible Samuel could return as soon as Week 2 or 3. In the meantime, the 49ers will rely on some combination of Kendrick Bourne, Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis and Richie James, plus rookie first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring, questionable) if he's available. Bourne, Taylor, Pettis and Aiyuk are the favorites to see Week 1 snaps and targets.
Samuel (foot) was held out of practice Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
This marks the second day in a row in which Samuel didn't get on the field, hurting his chances of being available Sunday against the Cardinals. Friday's injury report could reveal the 49ers' decision regarding the wide receiver for Week 1, but ultimately they don't need to make the final call until 90 minutes before Sunday's 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. An absence from Samuel would elevate Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor to bigger roles to start the season.
Samuel (foot) didn't practice Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Prior to drills, coach Kyle Shanahan gave Samuel a "small chance" to practice, but ultimately, the second-year wide receiver didn't fit in any reps. Samuel is in the final stages of his recovery from a Jones fracture in his left foot. That said, he likely has to prove he can operate somewhat close to normal to get the all-clear from the 49ers' medical staff. Samuel has two more chances to take the practice field before San Francisco opens its season Sunday against the Cardinals.
San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Samuel (foot) has "a small chance" to practice Wednesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Wednesday's first official injury report of the season will ultimately reveal the extent of Samuel's activity, but Shanahan's comments suggest the wideout is trending toward either limited participation or none at all. Ideally, Samuel would put in a full practice by week's end for fantasy managers to feel good about his chances of suiting up in Sunday's season opener versus the Cardinals.
Samuel (foot) did not participate in Monday's practice, but a decision regarding his status for Week 1 could be made in the coming days, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
We got some positive news regarding Samuel when the team lifted him from the NFI list this past weekend, and it sounds like Week 1 remains in play. Team officials have flip-flopped on the sophomore's status following offseason foot surgery in June, but they will bring in foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson to be a part of the decision-making process Tuesday, which should help provide a clearer picture of the wideout's availability.
The 49ers activated Samuel (foot) from the active/non-football injury list Saturday.
With the move official, Samuel can continue his quest to play Week 1 following more than two months spent in recovery mode due to a Jones fracture in his left foot. Along the way, he was spotted running sprints on the side during an Aug. 26 session and may return to the practice field in the lead-up to the season opener Sept. 13 versus the Cardinals.
Samuel (foot) may be activated from the active/non-football injury list prior to a Week 1 matchup with the Cardinals, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
While taking part in joint workouts with his teammates in Nashville back in June, Samuel suffered what eventually was deemed to be a Jones fracture in his left foot. He underwent surgery and was expected to require 10-to-12 weeks to recover fully, putting his availability for the season opener in jeopardy. Having said that, Samuel was seen sprinting on a side field in late August, and there's potential for the second-year wide receiver to practice during Week 1 prep. As a result, his status should be watched closely over the next week.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that he's hopeful Samuel (foot) will be back at practice next week, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Samuel is pushing to get on the field for the 49ers' Sept. 13 season opener against Arizona, and a return to practice next week would represent an important step in the right direction. The versatile wideout suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot back in June and was projected to miss 10-to-12 weeks. Even if Samuel receives medical clearance in time to suit up Week 1, the possibility that he could be on a restricted snap count can't be ignored.
Samuel (foot) was spotted sprinting hard on a side field at Wednesday's practice, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Per Barrows, the wideout had "his most intense workout thus far with change-of-direction exercises." The report also notes that Samuel is pushing to be ready for the 49ers' Sept. 13 season opener against the Cardinals, and the wideout's activity Wednesday offers some concrete evidence that he could meet his goal.
Coach Kyle Shanahan hopes Samuel (foot) will be available for a Week 1 matchup with the Cardinals, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Due to the Jones fracture suffered in his left foot during offseason training back in June, Samuel's status for the season opener was precarious following a prognosis of 10-to-12 weeks to recover. Shanahan has wavered in his belief that Samuel will suit up in the aforementioned contest, telling Matt Barrows of The Athletic this past Saturday that he's "not counting on it." Even if Samuel gets the all-clear to play Week 1, there's no guarantee he'll fill his usual role or take on a full allotment of snaps.
Samuel (foot) is not expected to be available Week 1 according to coach Kyle Shanahan, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
This should surprise only the most optimistic of 49ers fans, as Samuel's surgery and ensuing 10-to-12 week recovery timeline already put him precariously close to the start of the regular season, without factoring in practice time to regain some conditioning and get reps within the offense. Both Shanahan and general manager John Lynch left open just a sliver of hope in their comments with the media about an opening-season debut, but based on other NFL players who have suffered the injury recently, a cautious approach has seemingly stymied the possible risk of aggravating the issue down the road.
The 49ers placed Samuel (foot) on the active/non-football injury list Tuesday, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
The move comes as no surprise due to the Jones fracture suffered by Samuel, which necessitated surgery June 18. At that time, he was believed to be facing a recovery of 10-to-12 weeks, but GM John Lynch mentioned Tuesday that Samuel may miss regular-season action. "Not going to put an exact timeline on it," Lynch told Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. "But it's fair to say [Samuel] may miss some games at the start of the year." As a result, Samuel's standing as Week 1 approaches will be of keen interest for the 49ers' balanced offense. Any absence from Samuel will thrust Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne into larger roles.
49ers general manager John Lynch acknowledged Tuesday that Samuel (foot) could miss multiple games, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "Not going to put an exact timeline on it," Lynch said. "But it's fair to say [Samuel] may miss some games at the start of the year."
Samuel had surgery June 18 to address a Jones fracture, with early reports putting his recovery/rehab timeline at anywhere from eight to 16 weeks. Matt Barrows of the Athletic has mentioned a narrower window of 10-to-12 weeks, which still would put Samuel's Week 1 availability in serious question. With the second-year pro in danger of missing games, the Niners may need significant September contributions from Brandon Aiyuk and Kendrick Bourne, among others.
Samuel (foot) suffered a "classic Jones fracture," which should put his recovery/rehab timeline around 10-to-12 weeks, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Initial reports suggested anything between eight and 16 weeks would be a reasonable expectation. This post-surgery update hints at a narrower window, though it's not something we can project with a high degree of confidence. Given the risk of future complications, the Niners could decide to hold Samuel out of games even if he technically gets medical clearance for Week 1. The 24-year-old wideout had surgery June 18, so he's already two weeks into the timeline estimate.
Samuel underwent a procedure Thursday to address the Jones fracture in his left foot, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Samuel sustained the injury earlier this week while training with teammates. The 24-year-old has now already undergone the required surgery, which reportedly "went perfect." Reports on the sophomore's recovery timetable have been scattered, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggesting a "return within 12-16 weeks," Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reporting that Samuel could be ready to kick off the regular season, and Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area indicating that the dynamic wideout should retake the field in just 10 weeks. In any case, already having undergone a successful procedure will allow Samuel to begin his rehab process as early as possible.
|Career Receiving Stats|
|Career Rushing Stats|