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49ers overcome Deebo Samuel injury, prove again they are NFC contender

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No team in the NFL at this point in the season is immune to injuries. 

The San Francisco 49ers seem susceptible to them, particularly to impact players at key positions. Quarterbacks Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo are both (effectively) lost for the season, thrusting seventh-round draft pick Brock Purdy into a starting role under center. 

On Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, star wide receiver Deebo Samuel was crying as he was carted off the field with an ankle injury. Despite initial reports he may have avoided severe injury – head coach Kyle Shanahan said it could be a high-ankle sprain – it was another blow to San Francisco. 

The depleted depth didn’t slow down the 49ers, who throttled Tom Brady and the Bucs, 35-7, and increased their NFC West lead to two games thanks to a Seattle Seahawks loss. 


Story Credit: usatoday.com

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