San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel left Sunday’s game against Washington after the first play. There weren’t many good things that happened to the team after that. After the game, head coach Kyle Shanahan said, “you could tell just talking to him, didn’t look good.” Samuel did not return, and now that the Niners have eight losses, it may be smart to shut Samuel down for the remainder of the season, so his hamstring injury doesn’t linger. Deebo will receive an MRI on his hamstring Monday. Shanahan’s tone seemed like he was genuinely concern about Samuel.
Fred Warner initially left the game and was evaluated for a concussion; then, he was later cleared. Shanahan didn’t provide any updates on Warner’s injury other than it was a stinger, and he did not return for the game.
One of the reporters questioned why Jerick McKinnon didn’t play, and while the answer may seem obvious, it’s because the 49ers have all of their running backs healthy. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson Jr. are the offense’s No. 1 and 2 backs. Tevin Coleman has been relegated to a gunner on special teams, and McKinnon isn’t even the third-down back anymore; Wilson Jr. is. This isn’t going out on a limb, but McKinnon and Coleman feel like goners this offseason.
Shanahan said he thought about benching Mullens after the pick-six, but he changes his mind after Mullens led the offense to a scoring drive. Shanahan added that C.J. Beathard's not being warmed up played a factor in not pulling Mullens.