After a strong rookie campaign, 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel suffered a Jones fracture during a workout in mid-June. The timeline then was around 12-16 weeks for a recovery. GM John Lynch gave us an update, saying, “Not going to put an exact timeline on it but it’s fair to say he may miss some games at the start of the year,” per San Jose Mercury News reporter Cam Inman.
Lynch doesn’t seem to think Samuel will be put on the PUP list, which would keep him out at least six weeks, so we should be thinking somewhere around 2-4 missed regular season games. That’s a tough loss, as Samuel was a big part of their offense last season, but getting him back then and fully healthy is the goal. Last season 49ers wide receiver Trent Taylor suffered the same injury and ended up missing the whole season.
Samuel’s injury will give first-round rookie Brandon Aiyuk, Kendrick Bourne, Jalen Hurd, Dante Pettis, Richie James, and Trent Taylor all a chance to see more snaps early in the season. Hurd is a player to look out for in the slot, as he showed well in preseason last year before getting injured. But, there is still a lot of competition to be had and projecting this receiving group for the 49ers is difficult.