Struggles in NFCCG loss
Samuel caught three of six targets for 33 yards and rushed six times for a loss of nine yards (one fumble lost) in Sunday's 31-7 playoff loss to the Eagles.
Samuel's production fell off quickly in this contest after starter Brock Purdy injured his throwing elbow in the first quarter. With no threat of a passing game for much of the contest, Philadelphia's defense was able to sell out and blow up the dual-threat superstar in the backfield routinely, resulting in his worst rushing performance to date. Samuel finished the year with 864 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns across 13 regular-season games. The 27-year-old's overall numbers came back down to Earth following his standout 2021 season, most notably his 11.3 yards per catch, which marked a new low for his career. Samuel will hope for better health for both himself and whoever starts under center for the 49ers in 2023.
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Timeline for return TBD
Coach Kyle Shanahan acknowledged Tuesday that there is not yet a precise timeline for Purdy's return following the quarterback's March 10 procedure to repair his right elbow, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
To split first-team reps sans Purdy
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday he expects Lance (ankle) to split first-team reps with Sam Darnold during early offseason workouts as Brock Purdy (elbow) recovers from surgery, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.comg reports.
Lead man in QB competition
GM John Lynch said Monday that Purdy (elbow) is "probably the leader in the clubhouse" to start at quarterback for the 49ers, if healthy, David Lombardi of The Athletic reports.
Dealt to 49ers
It was previously reported that Gonzalez was set to be released by the Panthers, but they have instead settled on a trade to the 49ers for an undisclosed return, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Gets released Thursday
The Panthers released Gonzalez on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Heads to 49ers on one-year pact
Darnold and the 49ers agreed to terms on a one-year contract Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Undergoes elbow procedure
Purdy underwent surgery on his right elbow Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Surgery scheduled this week
Purdy (elbow) is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Hopes to have surgery next week
Purdy (elbow) will meet with his surgeon later this week and hopes to undergo surgery next week, according to ESPN's Nick Wagoner.
Purdy (elbow) will have his planned surgery date delayed from Feb. 22 until early March due to continued swelling, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.