49ers receiver Deebo Samuel has broken foot, undergoes surgery
The #49ers standout, who became their go-to WR late in the season and in the playoffs, was primed for a huge 2020. He’s having surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson today and should return within 12-16 weeks. Plenty of time to make an impact, assuming a full recovery. https://t.co/FiAQLhtip2
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 18, 2020
Rapoport reports Samuel, a 24-year-old standout 49ers wideout, suffered a Jones fracture, which would put a timeline to return to the field “early in the season;” the injury is not prematurely season-ending.
Samuel broke his foot in practice with teammates in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 49ers’ 2019 second-round draft selection out of South Carolina had a productive debut NFL season tallying 57 catches for 802 receiving yards, scoring six total touchdowns between both air and ground in 15 regular-season games. Samuel chipped in 10 receptions for 127 yards in his three playoff games in early 2020, too.
The first-year receiver was an integral part of the San Francisco offense that won the NFC Conference title game before succumbing to the powerful Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV in January.
The 49ers handed a six-year contract extension to 40-year-old fourth-year head coach Kyle Shanahan earlier this week, keeping the architect of the conference-winning club through the 2025 season.
San Francisco added receiver talent in the draft following the departure of veteran wideout Emmanuel sanders in free agency, which should double as insurance depending on the recovery time for Samuel.
The 49ers selected Arizona State wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk with the 25th overall selection in April along with taking Georgia tight end Charlie Woerner and Tennessee receiver Jauan Jennings in the last two rounds, respectively.