Kyle Shanahan “trying to think positively” on George Kittle

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49ers tight end George Kittle missed a second straight practice on Thursday with a groin injury and that leaves his status for Sunday’s opener against the Bears very much up in the air.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan was asked about Kittle’s availability during an appearance on KNBR Friday morning. His answer didn’t do much to instill confidence that Kittle will be able to play in Chicago this weekend.

“I don’t know yet,” Shanahan said, via “I’m really hoping it will be all right. I’m trying to think positively on it. He didn’t end up getting to go yesterday . . . but they’ll hit him hard [today]. They’ll do it all morning, and hopefully, he’ll be able to get out there and do some red zone work today.”

The 49ers practice again on Friday and they’ll issue injury designations for Sunday later in the day. Charlie Woerner, Ross Dwelley, and Tyler Kroft would be the next men up at tight end if Kittle is unable to play.

15 responses to “Kyle Shanahan “trying to think positively” on George Kittle

  1. Maybe Kittle can sit in the next time for Kyle’s daily reading to Jed of the Little Engine That Could…

  2. As a Bears fan, I don’t see Fields debut in this new offense having success against the 49’ers D. Even if Deebo was out the Niners are going to most likely win this game.

    It’s just basic logic and common sense here. I love when the Niners come to town, always a great atmosphere at Soldier Field.

  3. Great guy and an awesome player, but he needs to work with a health guru or adjust his training based on all his soft tissue problems.

  4. Can we stop with this nonsense that Kittle is the best TE in the NFL. He’s a great TE but everybody knows he’s always hurt or dinged up. Kelce is far and away the best TE in the NFL, dude shows up every game and delivers. 4 straight seasons with over a 1000 yards.

  5. Robert Quinn will have an even bigger day if the kids’ pacifier is out. Clara better hope they can jump out to a lead and run the ball or Lance is in for a long day.

  6. Dude has had one great year in the league and lives off that for his reputation. Brittle Kittle is right.

  7. KIttle is a GREAT tight end. He’s as good as Kelce i n receiving, but is much better at blocking, than Kelce. If Kittle had Mahomes as his QB, he’d have Kelce’s offensive numbers, too.

  8. The Niners will do well this season. Kittle will heal.

    The Lambs won’t win the division. Seattle will be bottom feeders. And the Cardinals will be slightly better than the Sea Chickens

  9. Fair enough to factor in durability as to Kittle’s ratings. Maybe not so fair so intimate it is something he total control over. Genetics often determine injuries and there is not much anyone can do about that.

    Kittle’s style of play doesn’t help him reducing such, but it helps his game when is 100%.

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