SF 49ers WR Deebo Samuel not happy with multiple PED tests
By Peter Panacy
SF 49ers wide receiver Deebo Samuel took to Twitter to express his frustration with being tested multiple times for PED usage.
Perhaps the league should take it easy a bit testing SF 49ers second-year wide receiver Deebo Samuel.
Samuel, the Niners’ second-round pick from the 2019 NFL Draft, was apparently tested five times earlier this season for PED usage, at least according to his own Twitter statements.
Earlier this week, Samuel went back on social media to express his frustrations with being tested for the sixth time:
That would bring the total number of tests to six. Simple math right there.
Samuel has appeared in four games with San Francisco, missing the opening weeks after suffering a broken foot during offseason workouts. Then in Week 7 against the New England Patriots, Samuel suffered a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action for the SF 49ers’ following three games and into their Week 11 bye.
To date, Samuel has 16 receptions for 185 yards and a touchdown. During his rookie year, Samuel recorded 802 receiving yards and 961 total yards from scrimmage with six net touchdowns, solidifying his role as a key contributor for the SF 49ers offense.
PED tests are supposed to be at random during the regular season with each player being tested at least once. As far as the in-season testing goes, here’s the presumed outline from National Football Post:
"Each week during the preseason and regular season, ten (10) Players on every Club will be tested. By means of a computer program, the Independent Administrator will randomly select the Players to be tested from the Club’s active roster, practice squad list, and reserve list who are not otherwise subject to ongoing reasonable cause testing for performance-enhancing substances. The number of Players selected for testing on a particular day will be determined in advance on a uniform basis."
For whatever reason, Samuel appears to be a favorite for that computer program.
This season, only two SF 49ers players have been suspended for PED violations, rookie tight end Chase Harrell, who didn’t make the team’s opening-day roster but would have been ineligible for six games for testing positive, and nickel corner K’Waun Williams, who’ll miss two games.
Samuel, by all accounts, hasn’t tested at all despite the unusually high number of tests.
Perhaps that program administrator can manually cross off Samuel’s name the next time it populates in the computer, which it seemingly will at some point soon.