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George Kittle off the injury report, will play vs. Broncos

We break down news that George Kittle has a groin injury. What it means for Week 3 and beyond.

George Kittle #85 of the San Francisco 49ers acknowledges fans prior to the preseason game at NRG Stadium against the Houston Texans on August 25, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Kittle is off the team’s injury report and will play Sunday, per Ian Rapoport.

Friday update: Kittle was practicing on Friday, per Cam Inman.

Thursday PM update: Kittle was seen doing his usual Thursday practice routine, per David Lombardi. It is reported that it looks like Kittle is on track to play on Sunday.

Wednesday update: Kyle Shanahan is optimistic George Kittle will play this week, per Zac Stevens.

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle will practice in a limited fashion on Wednesday according to Kyle Shanahan. Kittle was able to get in a limited practice last Friday for his first regular season practice, so he’s moving in the right direction.

Kittle is dealing with a groin injury that has kept him out the first two games, but he should be close to making a return. If he does so this week, he’ll get a primetime matchup on Sunday Night Football with the Denver Broncos and will be without the Week 1 starter Trey Lance. Instead, he’ll get the quarterback he’s seen the most work with, Jimmy Garoppolo.

Fantasy football implications

Kittle is always worth a start in fantasy when he’s healthy. He could be on a snap count for his first game back, but even if he is, he’s still likely worth a start at the tight end position. If he can’t go, Ross Dwelley would be a touchdown dependent dart throw.