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Deebo Samuel’s calf “worse this week,” questionable for Week 9

We break down the news that Deebo Samuel is questionable with calf injury

Deebo Samuel #19 of the San Francisco 49ers runs after making a catch for 83-yards during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 31, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

Friday update: Samuel is officially questionable to play in Week 9 with a calk injury, but head coach Kyle Shanahan did say that Samuel’s calf is “worse this week,” per Cam Inman. The team will likely err on the side of caution unless Samuel’s calf improves over the next two days.

Thursday update: Samuel began practice on Thursday working out on the stationary bike instead of engaging in drills, per ESPN’s Nick Wagoner. Head coach Kyle Shanahan has indicated throughout the week that he still anticipates him to play this Sunday.

The San Francisco 49ers are back at practice to open Week 9 and wide receiver Deebo Samuel is sitting out Wednesday’s practice, per Niners Nation. Head coach Kyle Shanahan said Samuel aggravated his calf injury, but the hope is he can practice on Thursday.

Shanahan said he would be surprised if Samuel could not play on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, and for now this is following last week’s pattern. Samuel was a DNP on Wednesday, limited on Thursday, and a full practice participant on Friday. He finished last Sunday with nine receptions for 171 yards, including an 83-yard catch-and-run.

Fantasy football implications

Lower body injuries for wide receivers are always concerning, but if this ends up similar to last week, Samuel should be good to go on Sunday. Keep Samuel in your starting lineups in all formats and we’ll see how the rest of the week plays out. Samuel is having a massive breakout season, rankings second in receiving yards with 819. Add in four scores and it’s no surprise he’s one of the three or four best receivers in fantasy football right now.