49ers’ Star WR Deebo Samuel Expected to Play Against the Lions

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel in 2019
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel in 2019. Photo by Chris Brown/CSM/Shutterstock (10511382ad)

The San Francisco 49ers must feel much better about their chances against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship game. The 49ers’ star wideout Deebo Samuel has been cleared to practice and is expected to play on Sunday.

Samuel’s status for the Lions game was up in the air earlier in the week due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Divisional Round win over the Green Bay Packers. The 28-year-old ended up missing the practice on Wednesday and was a limited participant on Thursday.

However, according to San Francisco’s head coach, Kyle Shanahan, a medical team has now cleared Samuel, and he is ready to go.

“It’s huge,” Shanahan said. “A little scary at the beginning of the week, but the fact he was able to go full-go today and no restrictions on him is definitely a good thing for us.”

Having Deebo Samuel on the pitch will be huge for the 49ers. Samuel has been a difference-maker for the team throughout the regular season, even if his numbers haven’t been eye-catching. He had 60 catches for 892 yards and seven touchdowns while also adding 225 yards and five TDs on the ground.

Samuel managed to make only two catches for 24 yards last week against the Packers before having to exit the contest.