Jimmy Garoppolo will be without his top wide receiver for the next few months.
Second-year wide receiver Deebo Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his foot during workouts with 49ers teammates Tuesday, and is having surgery Thursday.
The 24-year-old gave fans a few brief updates on social media following the news on Thursday afternoon.
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Life is full of disappointments, failures and setbacks. None of those things can permanently stop you. Within yourself you got the power to overcome anything that life throws at you, the most powerful thing besides God to me is a made up mind and the mission I’m on as well as my teammates it’s no way a setback, adversity or anything else can detach me from the goal I’ve set. I’m surrounded by people who support me in the ways that matter the most. No person, situation, or circumstance can define who you are. I’m coming back harder than everrrr if you don’t believe me look at every adversity I faced then compare the bounce backs and you’ll get the picture. See you in 10 weeks 😈
10 weeks I’m back better than the deebo you seen before 🙏🏾— UnoCaptain‼️❌ (@19problemz) June 18, 2020
Samuel was in contention to be the 49ers' No. 1 receiver after a breakout rookie season, in which he was second on the team in receiving yards and touchdowns.
He drove out to meet Garoppolo and a group of other teammates for workouts in Nashville, where star tight end George Kittle and several other offensive players have offseason homes.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport wrote in his initial report that Samuel is expected to miss 12-16 weeks, which would have him returning in the first few weeks of the 2020 regular season. Samuel is known as a tireless worker, so we'll see whether he indeed can return ahead of that timeline as he hopes.
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