Dec 13, 2020; Glendale, Arizona, USA;  San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs the ball and is tackled by Washington Football Team free safety Deshazor Everett (22) during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

49ers’ Shanahan: WR Samuel likely out rest of season

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan isn’t expecting to see wide receiver Deebo Samuel return to the field during the remainder of the regular season.

Samuel sustained a hamstring strain while rushing for nine yards on the opening play of the 49ers’ 23-15 loss to the Washington Football Team on Sunday. An MRI on Monday revealed the injury for Samuel, who missed three games earlier this season with a similar ailment.

“He’s going to be out awhile, not ready to put a timeline on it yet,” Shanahan said Monday. “I think we’d have to make the playoffs for him to come back.”

That’s likely a tall order for the 49ers (5-8), who reside two games in back of the Arizona Cardinals (7-6) for the seventh postseason slot. San Francisco, which faces Arizona in Week 16, likely would need help from other teams to get into the playoffs.

Samuel has recorded 33 catches for 391 yards and one touchdown in seven games this season. He has also rushed eight times for 26 yards.

The 24-year-old Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games during his rookie season in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

49ers activate WR Samuel, promote RB Hasty to roster

The San Francisco 49ers activated wide receiver Deebo Samuel from injured reserve and promoted running back JaMycal Hasty to the active roster, the team announced Saturday.

The 49ers also placed defensive end Dee Ford and tight end Jordan Reed on injured reserve.

Samuel broke his foot during the offseason and has missed all three games for the 49ers (2-1), who host the Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1) on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three touchdowns during his rookie season in 2019.

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said he will pick his spots per utilizing Samuel against the Eagles.

“It is his first time back, we have got to be smart with that,” Shanahan said. “I know he’ll be out there but it won’t be his normal role, that’s for sure.”

Hasty, 24, had two carries for nine yards in a brief call-up with fellow running backs Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman injured.

Ford has been nursing neck and back injuries for the 49ers, who are also without 2019 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa and fellow defensive lineman Solomon Thomas. Both of those players are out for the season with ACL injuries.

Ford, 29, recorded three tackles while playing on 46 defensive snaps in San Francisco’s 24-20 season-opening loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Reed is expected to miss six-to-eight weeks with an MCL sprain sustained in Sunday’s 36-9 win over the New York Giants.

Reed, 30, was injured in the first quarter in the 49ers’ road game at MetLife Stadium, which was also the site of San Francisco’s win over the New York Jets the prior week. In the Week 2 victory, Reed filled in for injured star George Kittle (sprained left knee), posting a team-best seven receptions for 50 yards and two touchdowns.

Reed, who had six productive seasons with Washington from 2013-18 (including a Pro Bowl selection after the 2016 season), sat out the 2019 season after being forced to step away from the game following a series of concussions that threatened his career. Before his two touchdowns on Sept. 20 against the Jets, his most recent scoring catch came in November 2018, and his latest game with multiple touchdowns occurred in October 2017.

Reed owns 340 career receptions for 3,456 yards and 26 touchdowns in 68 games (35 starts).

Cornerback Jamar Taylor and linebacker Joe Walker were also promoted from the practice squad on Saturday. They will return there after the game.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; San Francisco 49ers receiver Deebo Samuel (19) runs with the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

49ers WR Samuel on IR, will miss at least 3 games

The San Francisco 49ers put Deebo Samuel on injured reserve Saturday as the wide receiver continues to recover from surgery to repair a broken foot.

Samuel, the No. 36 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, must miss at least the first three games of the season. He sustained a Jones fracture of his left foot while working out in mid-June.

The 49ers’ receiving corps was beset by injuries throughout the offseason — none more significant to the team than the one to Samuel, who emerged as a top option for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 24-year-old Samuel had 57 catches for 802 yards and three touchdowns in 2019 as a rookie. He also scored three times on 14 rushing attempts.

Also Saturday, the 49ers promoted offensive lineman Hroniss Grasu and cornerback Dontae Johnson to the active roster from the practice squad.

The 49ers begin defense of their NFC championship on Sunday when they host the Arizona Cardinals.

–Field Level Media

2019 NFL Draft Preview – WRs

The 2019 receiving class is a mix of size, length and speed, yet most (but not all) are plagued by issues, whether it’s inconsistent quarterback play or injury. Despite those drawbacks, all have remained productive. My (very fictional) crystal ball tells me that at the end of the 2018 collegiate season we’ll be more excited about this year’s crop than last years.
1. A.J. Brown, Ole Miss (6’1″ 225lbs.)
• Though catching passes from multiple quarterbacks in 2017, Brown remained highly productive. Despite lacking in top-end speed, Brown possesses dangerous ability after the catch, running with reckless abandon. His pro comparison is a rich man’s 2010-2011 Hakeem Nicks.
2. N’Keal Henry, Arizona State (6’4″ 216lbs.)
• Long, big-bodied volume catcher with a wide catch radius, Henry does quite well in most 50-50 situations, imposing size on smaller defenders. A former blue-chip recruit, Henry has acrobatic athleticism and makes play-saving adjustments on film. The question he will have to answer is can he separate against speed consistently in 2018?

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3. Deebo Samuel, South Carolina (6’0″ 210lbs.)
• Your quintessential Swiss Army knife. Before suffering a broken leg injury that ended his season in SC’s third game, Deebo accumulated four offensive touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing) and returned both of his two kick return attempts for scores. He could be a special playmaker, but needs to stay healthy.
4. David Sills V, West Virginia (6’4 203lbs.)
• A former quarterback prodigy who committed to USC at the tender age of 13, Sills ultimately wound up in Morgantown and, after a transition year in JUCO, he went on to lead the NCAA in receiving touchdowns (18, tied with Anthony Miller). Though quite raw, if Sills continues to develop and proves he can run a greater variety of routes he will shine at the pro level. He’s already a lethal red zone threat.
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5. Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska (6’1″ 195lbs.)
• The focal point of Nebraska’s passing offense in 2017, Morgan’s blend of physicality and inside-outside versatility will assure him of even more responsibility this season. Due for a production bump in Scott Frost’s newly implemented offense, Morgan could become a household name.
Honorable Mention: Marquise Brown, Oklahoma (5’11” 162lbs.)
• This underclassman is one of college football’s fastest offensive players. While size and bulk are concerning, the success of diminutive profiles like Tyreek Hill and Antonio Brown have broken barriers for receivers like Marquise Brown. Lincoln Riley’s offense should give him a good place to showcase his skills.
This is our way-too-early position by position look at the 2019 NFL draft. The previous parts in the series were Quarterbacks and Offensive Tackles.