SANTA CLARA -- The San 49ers remain hopeful to have Deebo Samuel back in the lineup for their match up with the Arizona Cardinals.
General manager John Lynch spoke to local Bay Area media on Sunday and shared that the sophomore wide receiver has not yet been ruled out for Week 1. The player performance staff has a “summit” scheduled with Samuel’s surgeon Tuesday to further evaluate the health of his foot.
“He does have a shot,” Lynch said. “We’re hopeful, but I don’t have an answer because we don’t know it yet.”
While training during the offseason mid-June, Samuel suffered a Jones fracture in his foot. He immediately had surgery to fix the issue that normally has an 8-10 week recovery period. The 49ers first game falls near the 12-week mark.
Samuel was the most productive of the 49ers wide receivers in 2019 catching 57 of his targets for 802 yards and three touchdowns. He also recorded 13 carries for 159 yards and three touchdowns showing his versatility.
Samuel has been posting his progress on his social media accounts and Lynch has been a captive audience. While he sees tremendous effort by the wide receiver, the player performance staff is going to play it as conservative as necessary with the long-term picture in mind.
“We got to see how hard Deebo was working,” Lynch said. “I’m a huge believer in that when you get injured and you’re already in great shape, you tend to heal quicker. Deebo has continued that tremendous work ethic and remained very positive, upbeat and resolute in his want to be back on the field right away.”
The 49ers offense has also been without rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk who could return to practice this week. Trent Taylor, Dante Pettis, Kendrick Bourne and Richie James round out the group who will be available for the start of the season.