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George Kittle takes Chandler Jones helmet to knee, returns to game but looks in pain [UPDATE]

49ers tight end George Kittle took a helmet to the knee on the team’s first offensive drive. He appears to be getting ready to go back into the game.

George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers runs after making a reception during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Levi’s Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images

George Kittle status update, end of game

The 49ers finished off the Cardinals in the fourth quarter, edging them out 28-25 as they ran out the clock in the final minutes. It is notable however that George Kittle was not on the field during the final drive. He is a great blocking tight end, to go along with being a dominant pass catcher. The fact that he did not play is of some concern. The 49ers have 11 days until their next game, a Monday Night Football contest with the Seahawks, so Kittle has time to get well.

George Kittle status update, halftime

49ers tight end George Kittle had a solid first half with five receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown, but he is in some measure of pain. His final catch of the half got the 49ers down to the 1 yard line, and he had to grab a lineman’s jersey to pull himself up. It’s safe to say the 49ers will take a look at his knee during halftime.

Post halftime update: After halftime, Shanahan told the TNF sideline reporter that he is hoping Kittle can gut his way through the second half and get to the layoff the 49ers have after this. They play on Monday Night Football next week, meaning 11 days until their next game.

Update: He just scored a 30-yard touchdown, so I think everything’s OK.

Editor’s update: George Kittle returned to the field on the 49ers next drive. He appears to be good to go moving forward.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle suffered an injury to his knee in Week 9 Thursday Night Football. Chandler Jones hit him in the knee with his helmet while Kittle was blocking on a Tevin Coleman run. Kittle was able to walk off under his own power, but he was limping and went into the medical tent to get looked at.

Kittle has since left the tent and is working to stretch out his knee, and is doing some running on the sideline. The 49ers offense punted, so we will have to wait and see what happens next time they return to the field. Ross Dwelley is the 49ers primary backup tight end, with Levine Toilolo dealing with a groin injury, according to Chris Biderman.