Santa Clara – For today’s practice report, WR Deebo Samuel is still out with a foot injury and CB Jason Verrett is out with a hamstring. Samuel has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. After his successful foot surgery in June, Samuel is scheduled to return in Week 2 or 3.
Head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked why Samuel was not put on the Injured Reserve list so he can practice before his next debut. Especially with Brandon Aiyuk being questionable for Sunday’s game as well with a hamstring strain.
“We believed he had a good chance to play this week,” said Shanahan. “It didn’t go the way we hoped, but he’ll still be day-to-day going on that next week. We felt there was a chance, so to make a decision that would be three weeks when we thought he did have a chance. We didn’t think that would be very smart, but we’ll see how next week goes. Also, it’s something with the rules that because it happened before training camp started, which is considered non-football injury, there was some reason we couldn’t do that, either.”
Shanahan also explained also discussed a backup plan on possibly making moves by tomorrows deadline in bringing up guys from the practice squad. C Ben Garland is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
“It’s some things we can discuss,” Shanahan said. “There’s always a possibility. With Garland and Aiyuk being questionable, we’ve got to be ready to do something depending on that. So, we’ll see how that goes. We do have until that time. It might take us all the way until game time to decide if they can go or not because they are that close to doing it.
They also have been prepared in camp and done enough stuff to be ready, which is a little different than how Deebo is. But we’ll see. If we know for sure that they’re not going earlier, we’ll probably have to do something. If we still won’t know, we might still have to do something. Just to have that just in case when it comes on Sunday.”