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49ers injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon, Joe Staley closest to return

49ers injury report: Ahkello Witherspoon, Joe Staley closest to return

SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers do not expect to get any of their injured players back this week, but cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and left tackle Joe Staley are the closest to their returns.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday that Witherspoon, who sustained a foot sprain on Sept. 22 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, could return as early as the team’s Oct. 27 game against the Carolina Panthers. Emmanuel Moseley has played well in place of Witherspoon.

Staley also is making good progress from a fractured left fibula that he sustained on Sept. 15 at Cincinnati. Staley might miss only two more games. Justin Skule has started three games in place of Staley.

“I’m still hoping for Arizona,” Shanahan said, referring to the possibility that Staley could return for the 49ers’ Oct. 31 game at the Arizona Cardinals on "Thursday Night Football."

Wide receiver Deebo Samuel (groin) and nose tackle D.J. Jones (hamstring) sustained injuries in the 49ers’ 20-7 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday that will have them questionable entering Sunday’s game against Washington. Shanahan said both Samuel and Jones are day-to-day.

Cornerback Richard Sherman (shoulder stinger) and nickel back K’Waun Williams (hand) both checked out fine after the game. Both players should be available for practice on Wednesday.

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Here is the complete list of 49ers injured players and when they could be available to return (teams are allowed to bring back only two players per season off injured reserve):

CB Ahkello Witherspoon

Foot sprain, Sept. 22
Out: 4 weeks
Possible return: Oct. 27 vs. Carolina

OT Joe Staley

Fractured left fibula, Sept. 15
Out: 6 to 8 weeks
Possible return: Oct. 31 at Arizona

OT Mike McGlinchey

Knee cartilage, Oct. 7
Out: 4 to 6 weeks
Possible return: Nov. 11 vs. Seattle – Dec. 1 at Baltimore

FB Kyle Juszczyk

MCL sprain, Oct. 7
Out: 4 to 6 weeks
Possible return: Nov. 11 vs. Seattle – Dec. 1 at Baltimore

WR Trent Taylor

Foot surgery
Injured reserve: Before Week 3
Possible return: Any point after Nov. 17 vs. Arizona

WR Jalen Hurd

Stress reaction in back
Injured reserve: Before Week 5
Possible return: Any point after Nov. 24 vs. Green Bay

CB Jason Verrett

Knee
Injured reserve: Before Week 5
Possible return: Any point after Nov. 24 vs. Green Bay

DL Kentavius Street

Knee
Injured reserve: Before Week 1
Possible return: Any point after Oct. 31 vs. Arizona

TE Garrett Celek

Back
Physically unable to perform
Possible return: After Week 6, the player must be allowed to return to practice, placed on injured reserved or released within five weeks. Once the player returns to practice, the team has three weeks to decide to place him on the active roster or on the injured reserve list.

Deebo Samuel's insane catch in 49ers' win had Nate Burleson going nuts

Deebo Samuel's insane catch in 49ers' win had Nate Burleson going nuts

If 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel's incredible circus catch against the Cardinals on Sunday caused you to go crazy, you're not the only one.

Former NFL wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Nate Burleson highlighted the catch in this week's edition of "Toe Drag Swag," and to say that 11-year veteran was impressed with the rookie was an understatement.

"Now this one is nasty," Burleson said. "Deebo Samuel. Don't forget about him. He goes up and gets this. It bounces off of the back pad, bounces off the helmet of [Patrick] Peterson and then he tracks the ball. Deebo Samuel is snatching footballs like the real Deebo in 'Friday' was snatching chains.

"But how 'bout that concentration, though? You're trying to catch it over the back of one of the best corners in the business. It bounces off his back, it bounces off his head and then you still have the awareness to get your feet down before you go out of bounds."

In case you need a refresher, here are a few slo-mo replays.

Burleson went on to shower the 2019 second-round pick with praise.

"Deebo Samuel, for a young player who is transitioning from position to position, has stepped up and is one the best targets that Jimmy Garoppolo has on this offense," Burleson said. "Look at this play again. Keeping his eyes on the ball the whole time, in between two defenders, and still gets his feet down for one of the best catches in the business."

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After catching 22 passes for 227 yards over the first seven games he played in this season, Samuel has broken out with 16 receptions for 246 yards combined the last two weeks. Garoppolo targeted the rookie wide receiver a total of 21 times against the Seahawks and Cardinals.

Samuel is starting to make a believer out of everyone, including Burleson.

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Why 49ers' Jeff Wilson enjoyed celebrating game-winning TD vs. Cardinals

Why 49ers' Jeff Wilson enjoyed celebrating game-winning TD vs. Cardinals

Jeff Wilson has done a lot with a little bit of playing time this season.

The 49ers running back has scored five touchdowns in seven games in 2019, finding the end zone on 10 percent of the offensive snaps in which he has lined up. His latest TD was the winning one in San Francisco's 36-26 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at Levi's Stadium.

It came on Wilson's lone offensive snap of the day, and he celebrated appropriately.

"It was just like all the pain I ever felt, all the mistakes I ever made, all the good times I ever had, just all that came out and went," Wilson told KNBR's "Papa & Lund" show Tuesday (H/T 49ers Webzone). "This game meant a lot to me. Obviously, just not playing the whole game, just to get one play, and then the play, you get in and score, and it's for a big moment for the game, it was just all so surreal to me."

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The 49ers got by with a little help from their depth in Week 11, as backup tight end Ross Dwelley hauled in a pair of touchdowns in place of George Kittle and rookie wide receiver Deebo Samuel played on more offensive snaps than anyone else at a skill position. Kittle and running back Matt Breida returning likely would push Dwelley and Wilson, respectively, down the depth chart for San Francisco's Sunday night matchup with the 8-2 Green Bay Packers.

If Wilson manages to get another scoring opportunity, the 49ers know they can trust him to deliver in a big moment and be ready to celebrate.