The San Francisco 49ers‘ injury struggles continued on Sunday during their Week 14 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last week it was quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, this week, it was star wideout Deebo Samuel. In the second quarter, Samuel was bent in an awkward fashion after taking a handoff. He fumbled the ball and immediately grabbed his left leg.
Samuel remained on the turf for several minutes, and a cart was driven onto the field to take him to the locker room. The star wideout was emotional while his teammates met him on the field to say goodbye. The 49ers later ruled Samuel out for the remainder of the game with what they called an ankle injury.
The All-Pro weapon caught four passes for 43 yards, and rushed four times for 21 yards and a touchdown before suffering his injury. The former second-round pick out of South Carolina emerged as one of the NFL‘s most versatile weapons in 2021, as he racked up 1,770 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns. In July, he signed a three-year, that can reach up to $73.5 million, and included $58.1 million guaranteed.
If Samuel were to miss extended time or the rest of the season, it would be a huge hit to this 49ers offense.