San Francisco 49ers star receiver Deebo Samuel is left in tears as he is carted off with brutal ankle injury against the Bucs … but coach Kyle Shanahan quells fears to confirm he has NOT had a break
Just after the second quarter of the San Francisco 49ers’ win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, versatile star receiver Deebo Samuel was carted off the field with what appeared to be a gruesome leg injury.
Initial fears ranged from worries about whether Samuel had broken his ankle or — worse — torn ligaments in his knee, based on the awkward angle his leg and body were bending.
According to 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, Samuel’s ankle was not broken and was ‘most likely’ a high ankle sprain, but the team was ‘not sure’ of the full extent of the injury.
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel (19) is carted off after an injury against Tampa Bay
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said it is believed Samuel suffered a high ankle sprain
Samuel was injured on a play as he fumbled during the second quarter in an emotional scene that saw dozens of his teammates come onto the field to wish him luck before he was carried away on a cart with his head in his hands.
During the tackle on which he was injured, Samuel’s leg was caught under the defender who wrapped him by the legs.
Before he was injured, Samuel scored the game’s first touchdown on a 13-yard run in the first quarter.
Samuel scores a 13-yard rushing touchdown during the first quarter against the Buccaneers
However, San Francisco didn’t seem to miss him on offense as they would go on to score several touchdowns after he left the game.
49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score in his first career start, filling in for an injured Jimmy Garoppolo.
Christian McCaffery and Brandon Aiyuk were the other two players on the 49ers offense to reach the endzone during the contest as San Francisco improved its record to 9-4 to take a two-game lead in the NFC West.
The likely Samuel-less 49ers will face the Seattle Seahawks next week on Sunday Night Football in what should be a hotly contested divisional matchup.