Jeff Wilson at IR, Deebo Samuel to miss two weeks to get injured


The 49ers lost two more key pieces on offense Sunday with injuries to Jeff Wilson Jr. and Deebo Samuel. Wilson Jr. was coming off a career performance against the New England Patriots in Week 7 before twisting his ankle in a rushed score. Wilson Jr. rushed for a career-high 112 yards and a record three touchdowns in 17 carries, scoring his first career 100-yard game and the 49ers’ first 100-yard runner of the season. The running back was hauled off the field in the third quarter and the 49ers confirmed their fear of a high ankle sprain on Monday.

“He was amazing,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I was very happy for him and how well he played. It was extremely unfortunate that he was injured. I know he’s really disappointed with the quality of his game. But at least he can come back. probably a month, but he will come back. ”

Wilson Jr. will add Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) as three of the 49ers running backs from the injured reserve. According to Shanahan, the team is hoping Coleman can return to training this week. Coleman has found his way back after a Week 2 knee injury that forced the veteran to miss San Francisco’s last five games.

“I would be surprised if he came out completely by Wednesday, but I think it will be a decision later in the week,” Shanahan said.

If Coleman can’t go, the 49ers will count on Jerick McKinnon and undrafted rookie JaMycal Hasty in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers could also look to Austin Walter, who joined the team’s practice squad last month after spending the 2019 preseason with San Francisco.

The 49ers will also be deprived of their sophomore year for at least two weeks. Samuel suffered a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win that will put him on the sidelines in the 49ers’ short week following their Week 8 game. The 49ers are set to welcome the Green Bay Packers on “Thursday Night Football,” just four days after their divisional tilt against Seattle. Given the short turnaround time, Shanahan thinks he’s unlikely to have his stud catcher on hand.

“Deebo is a big part of our offense (and a) big part of our team. When you have a threat from someone who can hurt you – whether it’s blocking, catching or running, it’s always a problem of defense, “Shanahan said. “The physicality that our receivers bring to the game, starting with Deebo, really helps our offense. He will be missed when he’s gone, that’s for sure. ”

In addition, fellow receiver Richie James left Sunday’s competition early with a sprained ankle. According to the head coach, the receiver is considered “day to day” and will be reassessed when the team returns to practice on Wednesday.

The 49ers were without their two starting safeties in Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt in the Week 7 win over the Patriots. San Francisco is optimistic the duo can return on Sunday. According to Shanahan, the team will have a better idea of ​​their availability later in the week.


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