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49ers injury report: Deebo will play in NFC Championship Game vs. Lions

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SANTA CLARA — Deebo Samuel has been cleared for takeoff in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Levi's Stadium.

Samuel, the 49ers' versatile wide receiver, participated in his second day of practice Friday and wasn't even listed on San Francisco's injury report for the meeting with the Detroit Lions.

“It’s huge,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said. “It was a little scary at the beginning of the week, but he was full-go today, and having no restrictions on him is good news for us.”

Linebacker Oren Burks (shoulder) is the only player on the 49ers’ 53-man roster listed as questionable for the game. Burk had a collision during practice Thursday, Shanahan said.

Samuel played just nine snaps in the 49ers’ victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional playoff round, as he sustained a shoulder injury in the first quarter.

“It was kind of a relief to know it wasn’t a fracture. It was just a deep bruise or whatever,” Samuel said. “I put in countless hours and day-in and day-out to get to where we’re at right now.”

After sitting out practice Wednesday, Samuel was a limited participant Thursday and practiced in full Friday. He was seen running and catching passes, including throws in which he had to reach over his head to bring down the football.

Samuel’s status was a major storyline this week because of his importance to the 49ers’ offense. He missed most of the Week 6 game against the Cleveland Browns with a hairline shoulder fracture that kept him out of action the next two games. The 49ers lost each of the games in which Samuel was sidelined.

The 49ers' offense also struggled Saturday night against the Packers without Samuel. But quarterback Brock Purdy rallied San Francisco for a come-from-behind victory with a late touchdown drive.

Samuel caught 60 passes for 892 yards and seven touchdowns in 15 regular-season games, and added 225 yards and five TDs on 37 carries.

The Lions, meanwhile, will not have the services of starting left guard Jonah Jackson, who sustained a knee injury in the team’s divisional-round win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Kayode Awosika, who started three games this season and five in his first two NFL campaigns, will take Jackson's place.

49ers injury report


LB Oren Burks (shoulder)

DT Kalia Davis (ankle)

Lions injury report


G Jonah Jackson (knee)

WR Kalif Raymond (knee)


QB Hendon Hooker (tooth)

CB Chase Lucas (illness)

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