The 49ers lost two more key figures for Sunday’s foul with injuries to Jeff Wilson Jr. and Deebo Samuel. Wilson Jr. came out of a career show against the New England Patriots in week 7 before squeezing his ankle for a quick result. Wilson Jr. rushed for a high 112 yards in his career and three touchdowns in 17 careers, marking his first game of his career in 100 yards and his 49th first in 100 yards of the season. The run was taken off the field in the third quarter and the 49 confirmed their fear of a sprained high ankle on Monday.
“He was amazing,” said Kyle Shanahan. “I was very happy for him and how hard he played. It was extremely unfortunate that he was injured. I know he is really disappointed with how well he played. But at least he will be able to come back. It will probably be a month. but he will return from it. “
Wilson Jr. will add to Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) as three of the 49 in the Injured Reserve. According to Shanahan, the team hopes that Coleman can return to training this week. Coleman is working his way back from a week 2 knee injury that forced the veteran to go back to miss the last five races in San Francisco.
“I would be surprised if he goes out there entirely on Wednesday, but I think it will be later in the week,”
If Coleman can’t go, the 49 will rely on Jeric McKinnon and untrained rookie Jamical Husty in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks. The 49ers may also turn to Austin Walter, who joined the team’s coaching staff last month after spending pre-season 2019 in San Francisco.
The 49 will also be without their second edition for at least two weeks. Samuel suffered a lower leg injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory, which will remove him in the short week of the 49th year after the 8th week match. The 49ers will host the Green Bay Packers’ “Football on Thursday Night,” just four days after their divisional move against Seattle. Given the brief twist, Shanahan believes he is unlikely to have his nail hunter on hand.
“Deebo is a huge part of our offense (and a huge part of our team. When you are threatened by someone who can hurt you – whether it’s blocking, catching or running, it’s always a problem for the defense,” Shanahan said. “The physicality that our receivers bring into the game, starting with Deebo, really helps with our violation. We’ll miss it when it comes out, that’s for sure.”
In addition, fellow host Richie James left the race early Sunday with a sprained ankle. According to the head coach, the receiver is considered “every day” and will be re-evaluated when the team resumes training on Wednesday.
The 49 were without their two initial defenses in Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt in the 7th victory over the Patriots. San Francisco is optimistic that the duo may return on Sunday. For Shanahan, the team will have a better idea of their availability later in the week.