49ers WR Deebo Samuel injured in the first half of the Buccaneers game

By Nitin Singh

The San Francisco 49ers appeared to have lost a crucial offensive player to injury for the second straight week in the first half.

About five minutes into the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, wide receiver Deebo Samuel had to leave the field due to a left knee injury.

Samuel got a handoff from quarterback Brock Purdy and sprinted up the middle on a second-and-9 situation at Tampa's 43.

Samuel attempted to spin out as two Buccaneers defenders closed in on him, but his left knee appeared to twist awkwardly.

Samuel dropped the ball (Tampa recovered the fumble) and lay motionless on the ground for a while, clearly in pain.

Early in the third quarter, Samuel was declared officially inactive by the squad.

Samuel's injury comes only a week after quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo broke his left foot, which will keep him out for the remainder of the season.

At the time of his injury, Samuel had four catches for 43 yards and four carries for 21 yards and a touchdown.

Samuel attended South Carolina and was drafted by the 49ers in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

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