Deebo Samuel exits Super Bowl with left hamstring injury in third quarter

On3 imageby:Wade Peery02/11/24
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San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel has been banged up all season long. He’s been playing in the Super Bowl, but unfortunately for 49ers fans, he had to exit the game in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury.

With 8:11 in the third quarter, Evan Washburn of CBS updated fans on Samuel’s status after he entered the blue medical tent on the sideline.

“Left hamstring, guys for Deebo Samuel. He’s listed as questionable. Out of the blue tent now here now with the athletic training staff on the sideline trying to work through this. Doing some light jogging. Obviously seeing some discomfort but as you mentioned, banged up throughout this season. And even throughout this game. We’ll keep you posted,” Washburn said on the CBS television broadcast.

Luckily for San Francisco fans, Samuel came back in the game a few minutes later in the third quarter. Whatever problems he had with his hamstring, he managed to get those worked out. He even showed some speed down the right sideline on a deep throw, but it was incomplete.

The 49ers eventually lost to the Kansas City Chiefs heartbreakingly 25-22 in overtime. Samuel had a quiet outing, finishing with three catches for 33 yards. As a runner, he only had three carries for eight yards.

Kyle Shanahan will have to do some soul-searching and some self-analysis to see what he can do better to bring the 49ers a Super Bowl Championship. Sunday’s performance was still an impressive showing by both teams and fans across the world got a highly entertaining game that kept everyone on the edge of their seats until the very end.

In his NFL career, Samuel has demonstrated that he’s one of the league’s top all-purpose threats when healthy. He’s already racked up over 4,000 receiving yards and over 1,000 rushing yards in his career.

Deebo Samuel was a highly explosive playmaker in college

Deebo Samuel finished his highly decorated career with South Carolina with 3,457 total all-purpose yards. In the 2018 season, he earned first-team All-American honors as an all-purpose threat, after he racked up 882 receiving yards and 570 kick return yards. Samuel finished with 1,478 all-purpose yards that season, just ahead of the mark that he had in the 2016-2017 season, when he put up 1,320 all-purpose yards.

Coming out of Chapman High School (Inman, South Carolina), Samuel was rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 80 wide receiver prospect in the nation, according to the On3 Industry Rankings for the 2014 cycle.