George Kittle hopeful to return to lineup against Packers

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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle has missed his team’s last two games due to knee and ankle injuries. He’s really hoping that streak won’t grow to three.

Kittle returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since being injured on Halloween night. According to Nick Wagoner of, Kittle is hopeful to play Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers and saw Thursday’s return to the field as a great step toward doing so.

“It went really well,” Kittle said. “It was definitely a step in the right direction. It was really fun being back out there with the guys. I definitely don’t miss sitting in the training room all day, so definitely a good step in the right direction and the goal is definitely still Green Bay.”

In Kittle’s absence, the 49ers lost their first game of the season, 27-24, to the Seattle Seahawks in overtime. Six days later, they had to overcome a four-point Arizona lead held into the final minute to avoid a second straight defeat.

In addition to being a key NFC matchup, Kittle is looking forward to the chance to play on Sunday night for the first time as well. While the medical staff and head coach Kyle Shanahan will have the ultimate say over Kittle’s availability, it’s one more incentive for Kittle to find his way back into the lineup this week.

“I think I’ve yet to play in a Sunday night game in my career, so I’m really looking forward to that. It’s just going to be an absolute blast,” he said.

14 responses to “George Kittle hopeful to return to lineup against Packers

  1. As I wrote in another thread, I hope George Kittle is able to play and it is looking like he will be out there. The Packers respect all their opponents and fear none of them.

    IMO George Kittle is the best TE in the NFL at the moment. George is close friends with Packers backup TE Robert Tonyan. I couldn’t be happier that they train together in the offseason and Bobby has said: “Going through the training that he does and competing with him every day whether it’s in the weight room or on the field, he puts positive thoughts in my head like you can do this.”

    This is a statement game for both the Packers and the Niners. This is the game that will define the top of the NFC.

    Is it Sunday night yet?


  2. NFL (Niners Football League) says:
    November 22, 2019 at 7:43 am
    Game over if he comes back. Sharon Rodgers gets eaten alive by the Niners pass rush and the pack D can’t stop deebo, Sanders, and kittle.

    35 – 10 Niners

    I’m a Niners fan and I think that the Packers may win this one. Kittle is questionable. Sanders is questionable, and after re-injuring his ribs last week, likely won’t play. Deebo Samuels is also injured. Witherspoon is still injured ad Staley is still injured.

    If the Niners were healthy, I think that they’d win, but they have too many injuries heading into the game.

  3. I almost forgot.

    In addition to Kittle, Sanders, Samuel and Witherspoon being questionable, Dee Ford, Breida and the kicker Gould are all out.

    If the Niners win this, they can go all the way. If the Packers lose this, they have a lot of work to do.

  4. It is looking likely that Kittle, Samuel, and Sanders will play. Dee Ford and Joe Staley I would put more towards doubtful.

    The Packers had 15 players on the injury report yesterday, but most are guys that are just dinged up and not a major issue.


  5. Kittle is a beast and he’s going to be ready to play. Nothing is structurly wrong with his knee. He’s going to give us the edge, and the Niners will send Rodgers and company home with a big L. Niners aren’t the Chargers and the Packers haven’t faced a defense like ours all year.

  6. ” ………… and the Packers haven’t faced a defense like ours all year.”

    Truly — that’s like famous last words!

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