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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The San Francisco 49ers officially welcomed wide receiver Deebo Samuel back to the roster on Saturday, though his return is countered by a pair of players heading to injured reserve.
The Niners announced Saturday that Samuel has been activated from the injured reserve list after recovering from a Jones fracture in his left foot. To make room for Samuel on the 53-man roster, the 49ers placed defensive end Dee Ford (back) and tight end Jordan Reed (sprained knee) on short-term injured reserve. The team also promoted running back JaMycal Hasty from the practice squad to fill the other open spot on the roster.
Samuel returned to practice this week after spending the first three games on injured reserve. Coach Kyle Shanahan said early in the week that he wanted to see Samuel get through the team’s three practices without issue before activating him to play against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Satisfied by Samuel’s work in practice, Shanahan said Friday that Samuel would be available on Sunday night. Still, Samuel won’t have his usual workload.
“It is his first time back; we have got to be smart with that,” Shanahan said Friday. “I know