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Deebo Samuel likely to return Week 5 versus the Dolphins

Per Ian Rapoport, who says the 49ers will ease Samuel in off the IR

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NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said San Francisco 49ers second-year wide receiver Deebo Samuel—who missed all of training camp and the first couple of regular-season games with a Jones’ fracture—should return to practice this week. Rapoport pointed out that because Samuel would practice, it doesn’t mean he’ll be on the field next Sunday night to face the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49ers plan to ease Samuel in off the injured reserve, and it’s more likely we see Samuel against the Miami Dolphins on October 11, and not next Sunday against Philly.

A couple of weeks ago, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said that Samuel was close to playing, but he had “a little bit of a setback,” and that’s why he went on the injured reserve. You always wonder if rushing back had anything to do with Samuel’s setback. San Francisco is doing the right thing to take their time with Samuel. The next time we see Deebo on the field, he should be at 100% with a couple of weeks of practice under his belt so he could work his way into game shape—that way, Samuel could hit the ground running and not have a limited role.