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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has virtually switched to running back over the past few weeks, and he had another monster game against the Minnesota Vikings, rushing six times for 66 yards and two touchdowns. He exited early with a groin injury, however, one that required an MRI to determine how serious the issue was.
The MRI results yielded good news, as 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Monday that Samuel will miss just one to two weeks with a groin strain, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Samuel was walking around after suffering the injury and told reporters following the 34-26 victory that he was “not too concerned” about the issue, per David Lombardi of The Athletic.
The former second-round pick out of South Carolina is having a career year, as he reached 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career in 11 games to go along with five receiving touchdowns. With some of the injuries the 49ers have at running back, Samuel has been playing a bit in the backfield recently, and has rushed 19 times for 181 yards and four touchdowns over the last three games.
The 6-5 49ers find themselves on a three-game win streak, and take on the rival Seahawks in Seattle next week. If Samuel were to miss two games due to the injury, he would miss San Francisco’s meeting with the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 as well.
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