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Kyle Shanahan reveals encouraging update on injured Deebo Samuel

San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has yet to take the field in his sophomore campaign this season due to a nagging foot injury. He was ineligible to participate in the first three games of the season after being placed on injured reserve the day before the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan expects him to be back with the team in their Week 3 matchup against the New York Giants.

“I’m optimistic he’ll be back next week,” he said on Friday. “He had a real good week, last week hitting the rehab hard with all those guys.”

“Just being able to watch him work out on the side, he looks real good running routes and he’s been able to do it without pain.”

Deebo Samuel’s looming return will give a much-needed boost for the Niners’ offense. He had a prolific rookie campaign in 2019 as he tallied a total of 802 receiving yards on 57 receptions and three scored touchdowns. He also set the Super Bowl record for most rushing yards as a wide receiver with 53 in Super Bowl LIV.

Now playing in his second season in the league, the South Carolina product is poised to be the team’s top receiving option as he makes his return to the field. Samuel is just one of many players on the 49ers roster who were sidelined in the early stages of the season.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, tight end George Kittle, defensive ends Nick Bosa and Dee Ford along with running back Tevin Coleman are all nursing their own injuries heading into Week 3 proceedings. With Samuel on the way to recovery, the Niners will aim to end their road trip with consecutive wins and improve their standing to a 2-1 record.