Kyle’s update, 12:22 p.m.:
Unfortunately, Deebo should be in a boot for ~1 month post-surgery. Jones fractures have a high risk of re-injury relative to other fractures due to the limited blood flow at the location of the fracture (base/shaft of fifth metatarsal). https://t.co/6fZQtDuU2w— John Verros (@VerrosJohn) June 18, 2020
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel suffered a broken foot during Tuesday’s throwing session with his teammates in Nashville. Rapoport said it’s a Jones fracture, and Samuel should be able to be on the field early in the season. The Rams rookie wideout Van Jefferson suffered a Jones fracture at the combine that sidelined him six to eight weeks.
This is the same injury Trent Taylor sustained last training camp that led to continuous setbacks, and eventually, he missed the entire season. Per Rapoport, Samuel is having surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson today and should return within 12-16 weeks, which gives him plenty of time to make an impact, assuming there will be a full recovery. Broken bones are never good; broken bones in a receivers’ foot are even worse. Jones’ Fractures are one of the worst injuries for a pro football player to get. According to this study, “50% of all players with a previous Jones fracture demonstrated incomplete healing.”
The projected timetable for Samuel’s return would be the final week of September, which means Samuel would return for Week 3 of the regular season. Glass half full, this gives the 49ers a chance to work in some of their younger receivers the first couple of weeks against weaker competition.