Friday PM update: Samuel is officially questionable. It looks like he will be a game-time decision this week.
Friday update: Samuel was with the team as they stretched and prepared for practice. He and his coach have been optimistic about his chances to return. If he gets in a limited practice, he’ll likely be questionable on the injury report, which we’ll see later in the day.
There’s no sign of running back Elijah Mitchell (concussion/knee) at #49ers practice today, but Deebo Samuel (groin) is out there with his teammates warming up.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) December 10, 2021
Thursday update: Samuel was a DNP for a second straight day.
The San Francisco 49ers will look to bounce back from a tough 30-23 loss in Week 13 when they face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14. San Francisco hopes to have Deebo Samuel back, who has been an all-purpose offensive threat this season. The speedy wide receiver is not practicing Wednesday as he continues to deal with a groin injury.
Fantasy football implications
With Elijah Mitchell also banged up, it looks like the 49ers will have to make some alternate plans when it comes to running the football Sunday. On the receiving front, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk will be seeing more targets if Samuel cannot play. The original timeline for Samuel’s injury was 1-2 weeks, so there’s a possibility he could against Cincinnati. If he does suit up, Samuel is a must-start because of his ability to score points in the rushing and receiving game. He’s San Francisco’s best offensive player if he takes the field.