Deebo Samuel’s current hamstring issue is “something different” than previous one

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The 49ers continue to be the most dangerous team in the NFC, if their nucleus of key players remains healthy.

Given the reckless abandon with which 49ers players play, that can be a big if.

Most teams will have injury issues from time to time, especially in late November. The 49ers are prone to have more than just a few such issues, because their players play with no hesitation.

Case in point, receiver Deebo Samuel has another hamstring issue, after Monday night’s game against the Cardinals at Mexico City. Coach Kyle Shanahan was asked on Friday whether it was a continuation of the prior hamstring issue that caused Samuel to miss the Week Eight win over the Rams.

“No, it was something different,” Shanahan said. “We got back at like seven in the morning, I’m sure he went home and slept for a while. It was a little weird day. He didn’t feel it much on Tuesday. Got the information on Wednesday and then we were safe about it.”

Samuel was limited in practice all week. He’s officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Saints.

When their key skill position players are healthy (Samuel, running back Christian McCaffrey, tight end George Kittle, receiver Brandon Aiyuk), the 49ers have a “pick your poison” offense; quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo used that very term when talking about it on Friday. Remove one or more of them from the mix, and the offense becomes less poisonous. Which makes the 49ers more vulnerable.

That’s really the question as they make their run for another NFC West title and potentially prime playoff positioning. Will the tendency of the team’s players to perform with no regard for their own personal well-being prevent them from performing?

If not, the 49ers may finally get Super Bowl win No. 6.

13 responses to “Deebo Samuel’s current hamstring issue is “something different” than previous one

  1. “The 49ers continue to be the most dangerous team in the NFC, if their nucleus of key players remains healthy.”

    But that’s a mighty big if.
    Because the 49ers have multiple key players who are often injured, on offence and defence. Whether poor trainers, bad luck, or fragile players, they’ve often suffered waves of injuries during the season. And that’s repeatedly affected their playoff chances/appearances.
    Good luck to them, they’re going to need it.

  2. Yes the Niners play with more “reckless abandon” than other teams. Those other teams’ players stand around and hide from contact.

    Sure, that’s the ticket.

    No, the Niners have too many soft players who try to convince us all they’re tough.

    We all know Jimmy Glass will soil his britches once a team starts roughing him up.

  3. You know how we know the Niners are so dangerous?

    They just beat the 17th, 29th and 31st defenses in the NFL.

    That has their “can someone please provide instructions on when to be loud and when to be quiet at home games?” fans thinking a Super Bowl is a sure thing.

    They still have their Beta Max tapes of their last Super Bowl win but they’re beginning to drop out.

  4. The Niners play harder than most other teams. When they are about to be tackled, they usually try to punish the defender. Having said that, hamstring injuries aren’t from being tough, they are from a combination of things including not stretching enough and lunging/sprinting. Almost every NFL team current has at least one player with a hamstring injury.

  5. I’m sorry. I just don’t see why the 49ers are considered do dangerous. Yes they have talent. Ut they have failed to play up to it. Honestly I see them crying a one and done playoff team.

  6. There’s a couple teams in the NFC East that can match up player for player with the same offensive positions and have a better QB.

  7. 49ers are going to be a tough team to beat. I’m not sure they have the talent to beat the Chiefs or Bills in the SB, but they’ve got the talent to beat anyone in the NFC, including the Eagles. And this is coming from a Seahawk fan.

  8. loser148 says:
    November 26, 2022 at 1:55 pm
    There’s a couple teams in the NFC East that can match up player for player with the same offensive positions and have a better QB.
    ————-
    Put your money where your mouth is. And don’t pick one player from one team and another player from another team. I don’t know the eagles enough but why don’t you match giants, eagles and cowboys rosters and tell us why they are better. Also, I can give hurts but tell me why dak, Heineke and Jones are better than Garapollo

  9. We’ve seen it over and over.

    Press the defense forward to stop the run and pressure Janey Glass. He’s too weak armed to beat you over the top.

  10. Every season it’s the same siren song from Niner fans.

    “We’re the best team ever!”

    Until they get beat and they start complaining that Janey Glass is the problem.

    Sorry. It’s the coach, the QB and football ignorant fans.

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