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Deebo Samuel ruled out of 49ers-Packers after early injury

SANTA CLARA — Deebo Samuel didn’t have much fun Saturday night at Levi’s Stadium.

During San Francisco’s divisional game against the Green Bay Packers, Samuel suffered a head and shoulder injury. He spent almost as much time in the blue tent as on the field.

Samuel suffered a head injury in a helmet-to-helmet hit during the 49ers’ first practice. He was initially deemed questionable, but then returned for their next offensive series. Shortly after, he was again deemed questionable due to what appeared to be a left shoulder injury.

At the start of the second half, Samuel emerged from the locker room tunnel unprotected and was subsequently excluded from the match. He finished with two catches for 24 yards.

One of San Francisco’s most dangerous weapons, Samuel missed Weeks 7 and 8 earlier this season with a broken right shoulder. The versatile playmaker has scored 12 touchdowns in 15 games this year.

Samuel watched San Francisco’s drive begin to close the first half from the sideline, then headed to the locker room early.

By the time Samuel headed to the locker room, the Niners had taken a 7-6 lead – a score that held until halftime when Jake Moody’s kick was blocked. Brock Purdy threw a dime to George Kittle for a 32-yard touchdown, and San Francisco’s defense held Green Bay to six points on three red zone trips.

Samuel’s shoulder injury occurred following a hard tackle by Packers defensive back Jaire Alexander. In his place, wideout Jauan Jennings stepped up with three big catches to extend drives.

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