49ers’ Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey Injures In Loss To Browns


The San Francisco 49ers lost their first game on the field against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, and they are now awaiting results on the severity of the injuries they sustained.

In the 19-17 defeat, wide receiver Deebo Samuel and running back Christian McCaffrey both sustained shoulder and oblique/rib injuries. Both players were unable to return to the game after leaving due to their serious injuries.

Although both players will undergo more testing on Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan was unsure of the severity of either injury after the game.

After McCaffrey was ruled out of the game in the fourth quarter due to an oblique injury, Shanahan added the rib designation to his status. In the third quarter, McCaffrey initially left the game but came back for one play, a 6-yard run with just under three minutes left in the third, before leaving for the sidelines and then the locker room. With 10:58 remaining, the Niners decided against his comeback.

Although it wasn’t immediately obvious how or on which play Samuel’s injury occurred, it happened in the first quarter. With 3:14 remaining in the first quarter, his injury was originally mentioned at the same time as left tackle Trent Williams’.

A few offensive snaps after having his right ankle twisted up, Williams made his way back into the game. Before spending the remainder of the first half in the locker room, Samuel spent roughly 10 minutes in the second quarter’s blue medical tent. Before getting hurt, he had two carries for 11 yards.

After one carry that was reversed due to a holding penalty, McCaffrey left the game. He gained 43 yards on 11 carries and 9 yards on 3 receptions while also scoring.

After McCaffrey’s first-drive score, the Niners’ offense found it difficult to settle into a groove while operating without two of their most dynamic playmakers.

Jordan Mason and Elijah Mitchell replaced McCaffrey while Ray-Ray McCloud and Jauan Jennings came in for Samuel. Three catches for 30 yards were shared by McCloud and Jennings, and McCloud added two carries for 23 yards. Mason and Mitchell combined for seven carries for 24 yards, but Mason had five for 27 yards and a touchdown that gave San Francisco the lead in the fourth quarter.

Williams was still not fully recovered from his injury, which didn’t help. He only missed a few plays while having his ankle re-taped, but he was clearly not at his best since he was penalized for holding late in the third quarter, which resulted in a three-and-out.

Brock Purdy, the quarterback, was held accountable for not doing enough to make up for the superstars who were absent. He completed 12-of-27 passes for 125 yards, a touchdown, and an interception for a passer rating of 55.3, which was his worst career performance. He suffered his first regular-season loss as a starter. Purdy said it will be up to him to take up the slack while the Niners wait for a second opinion on McCaffrey, Samuel, and Williams.