Deebo Samuel is going to miss the start of the San Francisco 49ers’ season, but he might be out longer than we think.
The San Francisco 49ers will be without star wide receiver Deebo Samuel to start their 2020 season, but how long he will be out is yet to be determined.
Samuel suffered a broken foot during a training drill on Thursday and is expected to be out at least through the start of the upcoming season.
Whether or not the season starts on time really doesn’t factor into things as Samuel’s injury is one that will require extreme caution during rehab.
It’s more than just a broken foot, as it’s more specifically a Jones fracture which is somehow much worse. Because of the nature of the injury, Samuel could be in a boot for at least a month after surgery and sit out even longer due to the high risk of re-injury.
What is a Jones fracture and what’s the recovery time?
As Dr. Dave Seibert puts it, “A Jones fracture involves the fifth metatarsal—or the bone that connects the base of the little toe to the bones that make up the heel. Specifically, the break occurs in the proximal portion of the bone—or the part closest to the heel”.
There’s no official timeline on Samuel’s return, but given the information known about Jones fracture recovery, it could be through the entire first half of the season.
Because of the nature of the injury, Samuel could be in a boot for at least a month after surgery and sit out even longer due to the high risk of re-injury. Depending on the severity of it, a Jones fracture has a high risk of re-injury relative to other fractures due to the limited blood flow at the location of the fracture.
That’s speculative, but it’s a conservative estimation considering the 49ers would be wise to not rush Samuel back before he’s ready.