George Kittle has played through torn labrum for two seasons

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George Kittle injured his right shoulder in a 2018 preseason game. He refuses to get it fixed.

The 49ers tight end revealed on Pardon My Take podcast that he has played the past two seasons with a torn labrum, which is why he wears a gray protective sleeve.

“So I dislocated my shoulder last year,” Kittle said, “and my labrum is completely torn. So I don’t get surgery on it — [The protective sleeve] basically helps me, so it doesn’t hurt all the time.”

Kittle missed two regular-season games in 2019 with ankle and knee injuries. He played 88 percent of the snaps in 2018 and 76 percent in 14 games this season.

He said there’s “no chance” he gets surgery on his shoulder.

“I can’t miss those workout days, man,” Kittle said.

Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence played with a torn labrum for two seasons but finally had surgery to repair it.

Kittle, 26, is eligible for a new contract and has earned a big pay day with two Pro Bowls and an All-Pro in his three seasons.

10 responses to “George Kittle has played through torn labrum for two seasons

  1. George Kittle is over rated! The only reason this guy thinks hes the man is because the NFL has banned hard hitters. Think I’m wrong, name one hard hitter left in the league. No more Polamalou, Ray Lewise’s etc. Defensive guys are hand cuffed, this guy would have been out already.

  2. I mean, while he heals from the labrum surgery couldnt he work on other stuff like leg exercises, cardio, even some forearm and wrist/hand strengthening things?

  3. I, um, tore my Achilles tendon dunking on an 8” Nerf hoop (180 reverse jam though) so feeling a little inadequate at the moment…

  4. The Chiefs dilemma will be whonto double team. Kittle, Samuel, or Sanders? Don’t forget Mostert!

  5. thefiesty1 says: The Chiefs dilemma will be whonto double team. Kittle, Samuel, or Sanders? Don’t forget Mostert!

    Better not sleep on Bourne, either. His stats don’t tell the story of his red zone threat!

  6. So, the obvious question – has it been on every injury report for the past two seasons?

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    The injury report is about practice participation and likelihood to play. So if it never made him miss a practice or put his participation in a game in doubt, he need not be on it.

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