Friday update: Kittle has been ruled out after not practicing this week with a knee injury, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Backup tight end Jordan Reed should see a significant increase in work.
Thursday update: The 49ers are back on the practice field and George Kittle is not on the field, per Matt Barrows. The team will announce statuses later after practice wraps.
Wednesday update: The 49ers returned to practice on Wednesday, and George Kittle is not taking part, according to head coach Kyle Shanahan. The team plays the Jets on Sunday, so there are two more practice sessions for Kittle to get ready and potentially play in Week 2.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle left the second quarter of Week 1 with a knee injury, and while he did return in the third quarter, it is something that the team will have to track. Head coach Kyle Shanahan announced on Monday that Kittle suffered a sprained knee and is still sore from it.
The team returns to practice on Wednesday, and they will re-evaluate Kittle then. Shanahan said there is some question right now about Kittle’s Week 2 status, per reporter Matt Maiocco.
Kittle has generally been one to gut it out and play through injuries. He played with a broken bone in his ankle for part of 2019, so it would not be surprising to see him play this week. However, if he’s unable to go, Jordan Reed would pick up some opportunities. His fantasy value would remain limited, but if you were desperate at the position, he could offer a little something.