SANTA CLARA, Calif. (NWN) — Now that the San Francisco 49ers have won three straight games to get back in the race for the playoffs, they’ll have to deal with the absence of two key players for at least a week.
Do-everything receiver Dibo Samuel will miss a game or two after injuring his groin and linebacker Fred Warner on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
But the Niners (6-5) felt lucky that the injuries were not more serious.
“It was just a strain and the tension usually lasts anywhere from one to two weeks, which I think was great news considering what it could have been,” coach Kyle Shanahan said on Monday.
But even if it’s only short-term, those absences will still be significant. Warner has started every game since being drafted in 2018 and makes all defensive calls.
Samuel has been the team’s top receiver as well as a quick threat, which makes it difficult for any one person to change it. But the Niners have been running the ball effectively with rookie Elijah Mitchell and receiving more consistent play from receiver Brandon Ayuk in recent weeks.
John Jennings has also appeared George Kittel is once again healthy as an alternative to the late and star tight end.
Shanahan said of Samuel’s absence, “He’s been a big part of our offense, but I think we’re at a place right now where we can recover from it.”
The 49ers have been getting good news of late after returning from a stretch after losing five of six games.
They have won the last three games and are currently in sixth place in the NFC as other contenders have benefited from slipping away in recent weeks.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said, “You always have this in the back of your head, in which case you are and everything and the other teams around you.” “But I think we’re taking the week-to-week mentality and trying to get one win at a time and that’s been a good last three weeks for us.”
what is working
Ongoing game. The Niners have been committed to running for the past three weeks and the results have paid off. San Francisco averaged 41.7 yards per game over that period, averaging 178.3 yards per game. Sunday’s game was the most productive as San Francisco averaged 5.33 yards per carry and was 208 yards behind Mitchell. 133-yard performance,
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kick coverage. After scoring to go 31-20 in the third quarter, the Niners hit a deep kick and a . Gave the permission to 99-yard kickoff return TD Ken Nwangwu, It was the first kick return score against the 49ers excluding an onside kick, since Leon Washington scored a kick return for the Seahawks on December 12, 2010.
Aziz Al-Shayar. The third-year linebacker gave a big performance with eight tackles, an intercept And a thunder recovery. His two takeaways led to 10 straight points and he joined Navorro Bowman (Week 17, 2013) as the only Niners linebacker in the last 20 seasons with an interception and fumble recovery in a single game.
Al-Shirre had to call defensive signals late in the game after injury to Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw.
Robbie Gold. The Niners had a chance to seal the game in the final two minutes, but Gold missed a 42-yard field goal that kept the lead eight points. The end of the miss was not very costly as the defense came up with a stop to save the win.
Apart from Samuel and Warner, the Niners suffered several other injuries. LB Dre Greenlaw troubled the main injury that had eluded him as an opener and is a day-to-day. … rb tre preach (ankle) can go on short-term IR. … DL is Kentavius Street (wrist) day-to-day and LB Marcel Harris is in concussion protocol.
5-5-1,000. Samuel ran for two td To give him five TD runs to go with his five TD catches on Sunday. Samuel also eclipsed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the season, joining Marshall Faulk (1999) and Roger Craig (1985) as the only player to score all three points in a single season.
The 49ers go to Seattle on Sunday.
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