The San Francisco 49ers edged out the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9 Thursday Night Football, but they suffered some injuries of note in the game. Tight end George Kittle took a helmet to the knee from Chandler Jones that cost him some time, and linebacker Kwon Alexander injured his chest and was quickly ruled out.
Kittle returned after the hit and finished the game with six catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. However, he did not play on the team’s final drive when they were working to run out the clock. Given his importance as a blocker, that was notable.
On Friday, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Kittle and will undergo an MRI to check for any damage. Shanahan said he was optimistic the injury was not a long term concern, but he would be banged up in the short term.
Kyle Shanahan feels optimistic about Kittle's health ahead of his MRI and the fact he was able to return to Thursday's game.— Keiana Martin (@KeianaMartinTV) November 1, 2019
"He played through a lot of stuff and its going to be tough on him this week. But I feel pretty good it's not going to be a longer term thing."#49ers
Fantasy football analysis: 49ers TE George Kittle
The 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football, which gives Kittle a little extra time to get healthy. Whether he is available for Week 10 is another question entirely. Shanahan seemed to think he could practice next week, per Matt Barrows, but it sounds like this could turn into a game-time situation type of scenario. Ross Dwelley and Levine Toilolo would get snaps if he faced any absence.