SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KRON) – Jerry Rice, who helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to three championships in his time as a wide receiver, had choice words for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan after Deebo Samuel was carted off during Sunday’s marquee match-up against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Samuel was carted off in the second quarter due to an ankle injury during a 3-yard rushing attempt, as KRON4 previously reported.
“Please stop running our skill player up the middle,” Rice stated on Instagram, posting a picture of the wide receiver. “@trey.lance @jimmypolo10 now @19problemz all hurt!!”
Much of the coverage of the game focused on Brock Purdy becoming the first NFL quarterback to beat Tom Brady in a career start. However, Purdy was only able to start because Trey Lance and Jimmy Garoppolo were themselves injured; the latter just last week during the match-up against the Miami Dolphins. Lance broke his ankle in week two; Garoppolo broke his foot.
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Rice is described as “the most prolific wide receiver in NFL history” on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s own website.