REPORT: Deebo Samuel’s 2 temporary replacements on 49ers set after injury setback
The San Francisco 49ers are already in the process of replacing wide receiver Deebo Samuel for the time being.
Samuel has reportedly suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot which will keep him sidelined for the start of the 2020 season. When the injury first occurred in mid-June, reports speculated he could be out 12-16 weeks, a timeline that would have put him on pace to be ready for Week 1 on September 13 if he was able to get back on the low end of the spectrum.
However, it does not look like itwill happen and the 49ers are already focusing on bolstering their wide receiver groupn for the opening of the season.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers plan on signing JJ Nelson and Tavon Austin as replacements for Deebo Samuel until he returns healthy and ready to play.
49ers plan to sign veteran WRs J.J. Nelson and Tavon Austin, pending physicals, per league source. Added depth in an area in which Deebo Samuel is likely to miss the start of the season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2020
JJ Nelson last played for the Oakland Raiders in the 2019 season, playing in two games and catching four passes for 36 yards and a touchdown before being released on October 10. On the other hand, Tavon Austin played for the Dallas Cowboys for the past two seasons.
While they are not high-caliber receivers, the two will shore up a weakened 49ers receiving corp which came into the 2020 off-season with plenty of questions. After all, there have been concerns as to to who Jimmy Garoppolo would throw to outside of George Kittle, who recently signed a five-year, $75 million extension.
The 49ers hope these additions will help them advance to another Super Bowl, and perhaps push them over the edge to winning their first Vince Lombardi Trophy since 1994.