Deebo Samuel is set to come off injured reserve and return to practice for the 49ers this week, but that doesn't 100 percent mean he will play in San Francisco's Week 4 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday morning that the 49ers will ease Samuel back from his Jones fracture in his left foot, and likely will return in Week 5 against the Miami Dolphins, not this upcoming week vs. the Eagles.
Shanahan told reporters Friday that how Samuel looks and feels in practice next week will determine whether he's active for Sunday night's game against the Eagles.
“That’s stuff I don’t even think about ‘til I see how he looks on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,” Shanahan said.
Samuel traveled to West Virginia this week to continue rehabbing while the 49ers practiced between back-to-back games at MetLife Stadium against the New York Jets and Giants. He would bring an instant boost to the 49ers' injury-riddled offense and figures to be their top receiver when healthy.
As a rookie, Samuel had 802 receiving yards, 159 rushing yards and six total touchdowns in 15 regular-season games. He also added 127 receiving yards and 102 rushing yards in the playoffs.