SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers hope to lose catcher Deebo Samuel and running back Jeff Wilson for considerable time, who will be out of action with injuries, coach Kyle Shanahan reported.
Samuel and Wilson, who played important roles in the 33-6 win over the New England Patriots, are two key pieces of an offense that seemed to have gotten into gear the past two weeks.
Samuel struggles with a sprained left thigh and “probably” will miss the Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks and the next home game against the Green Bay Packers, according to Shanahan.
It’s a heavy blow for an offense that has relied on Samuel since the catcher returned from a broken foot in Week 4. Before leaving the Patriots, Samuel had five receptions for 65 yards.
49ers receiver Deebo Samuel will miss at least two games with an ankle injury. AP Photo / Steven Senne
“Deebo is an important part of our offense and an important piece for our team,” Shanahan said. “When you have someone who can do damage whether it’s blocking, catching balls or running, it will always be a problem for defenses.”
Wilson is the latest 49ers player to sprain his ankle and is expected to go on injured reserve this week, which would mean he will need to be out of action for at least the next three games.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, linebacker Kwon Alexander and running back Raheem Mostert have dealt with or currently suffer from sprained ankle.
Wilson had the best performance of his career when he sprained his ankle late in his third scoring career against the Patriots. He finished with 112 yards on 17 runs and three touchdowns before leaving the game.
Without Wilson or Mostert, the 49ers have only Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty as the only healthy running backs on the roster. Tevin Coleman, who has been on injured reserve with a sprained knee, is eligible to return, though whether he is healthy enough for the next game is in doubt.
“I hope so. I’m not sure yet, ”Shanahan said. “I’d be surprised if he’s 100 percent on Wednesday, but I think we’ll make the decision (on Coleman) at the end of the week.”