The San Francisco 49ers will be without one of their team leaders in Week 8, and there is cause for concern regarding the availability of one of their biggest playmakers.
Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is dealing with a hamstring injury and is considered day to day, while fullback Kyle Juszczyk had surgery on a broken finger and is expected to miss Week 8 against the Los Angeles Rams, head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Monday.
Samuel, who had five catches for 42 yards and one rush attempt on Sunday in a 44-23 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, is one of the Niners' most dynamic offensive threats.
Juszczyk is a six-time Pro Bowler who's in his sixth season with the Niners. According to Shanahan, he broke his finger on a stiff arm Sunday.
San Francisco defeated Los Angeles earlier this season, 24-9, in Week 4. But this time around, the 49ers will feature a new running back for their NFC West rivals to contend with after the addition of Christian McCaffrey . The team traded for the former Pro Bowl running back on Thursday in exchange for multiple draft picks.
The 49ers (3-4) will look to fight off the Rams (3-3) Sunday with Los Angeles coming off of its bye. San Francisco will be without Juszczyk, but is no doubt hoping Samuel's hamstring won't hold him back.