As the 49ers prepare to face off against the Vikings for “Monday Night Football” in Week 7, they’ll be missing two key players from their offensive lineup.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel, with a shoulder injury, and left tackle Trent Williams, sidelined by an ankle issue, have both been declared out for the game. On the brighter side, Christian McCaffrey is set to play despite nursing an oblique injury, having practiced in a limited capacity on Saturday.
Since joining the 49ers nearly a year ago, McCaffrey has consistently been on the field, avoiding any injury-related absences.
Samuel’s condition seems concerning. He’s not only missing the Vikings’ game but is also ruled out for the Week 8 clash against the Bengals, as confirmed by coach Kyle Shanahan.
Given the 49ers have their bye in Week 9, Samuel is projected to return in Week 10 for the game against the Jaguars on Oct. 12. The receiver suffered a setback in Week 6 against the Browns, leading to a diagnosis of a minor shoulder fracture.
In the meantime, Williams’ position as left tackle will be temporarily filled by a replacement. Despite his Pro Bowl status, Williams hasn’t completed a full season in ten years, often missing a couple of games annually during his three-year tenure with the 49ers.
Linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who was uncertain for the Monday game due to a hamstring issue, has been cleared to play.