The standing of San Francisco 49ers star huge receiver Deebo Samuel remains to be up within the air, heading into the NFC Championship Recreation in opposition to the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Samuel ( left shoulder) will miss apply Wednesday, and San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan revealed it stays unclear whether or not the previous Professional Bowler will play.
Samuel suffered the damage within the Niners’ 24-21 divisional-round victory in opposition to the Inexperienced Bay Packers and did not return to the sport. In Week 6 in opposition to the Cleveland Browns, the 28-year-old fractured his left shoulder, which sidelined him for 2 video games. Whereas he did not refracture it, Shanahan mentioned “it hurts,” via Professional Soccer Speak’s Josh Alper.
Samuel’s affect on San Francisco’s offense can’t be overstated. In line with ESPN’s Nick Wagoner, the 49ers averaged 7.1 yards per play within the common season when he was on the sphere, in comparison with 5.7 yards when he wasn’t. The 49ers additionally misplaced the 2 video games he missed.
“I believe he is in all probability the perfect playmaker on this league,” 49ers quarterback Brock Purdy mentioned Wednesday, via KNBR-FM in San Francisco. “You get the ball in his fingers, he can do no matter he needs. Deebo positively provides us some juice and vitality and momentum. If he is not enjoying, that’ll be powerful on us, however we’ll have guys able to play as properly.”
In opposition to Inexperienced Bay, Purdy’s play wavered with out his No. 1 WR. The second-year QB accomplished 22-of-39 passes for 252 yards, one TD and a below-average 86.7 passer score.
The Lions protection is inconsistent, because it’s twenty third within the league in factors allowed (23.2). Nevertheless, it has the second-most sacks within the postseason (six). The strong pass-rush may rattle Purdy, who may wrestle with out one in all his greatest playmakers.
Nonetheless, as of Wednesday, FanDuel lists San Francisco as a seven-point favorite in its dwelling recreation. The 49ers hope to make their second Tremendous Bowl look in 5 years.