ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that 49ers TE George Kittle won't practice at all this week because of the knee he hurt in Sunday's loss to Arizona. The team, however, is "still hopeful" he'll play against the Jets on Sunday. We'll obviously be tracking this situation. In the meantime, you'll need to line up a potential fantasy replacement for Kittle.
The 49ers on Tuesday reached a deal with WR Mohamed Sanu. The former Falcon spent 2016 with Niners HC Kyle Shanahan as his OC in Atlanta. Sanu failed to make the Patriots' regular-season roster this year, though, just months after New England traded a 2nd-round pick to acquire him. That suggests we shouldn't expect a whole lot from the veteran wideout. His signing follows WR Deebo Samuel landing on IR. Shanahan has said, however, that he'll "be surprised" if rookie WR Brandon Aiyuk isn't ready to play in Week 2.
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan revealed on Monday that WR Deebo Samuel recently suffered a setback with his surgically repaired foot. Samuel reportedly experienced soreness after running one day and was placed on IR over the weekend. He's eligible to return for Week 4, and Shanahan said the goal is to get Samuel ready for that one. We'll continue to keep an eye on him. Samuel is worth keeping stashed on fantasy benches in the meantime.
49ers TE George Kittle sprained his knee in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, HC Kyle Shanahan said. No word on the type of sprain or severity. Kittle was able to return to the Arizona game but didn't catch another pass. Shanny said Kittle will need to be monitored throughout the week and wouldn't commit to him being available for Sunday's game against the Jets. We'll get our next update on Kittle when the 'Niners practice on Wednesday.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) is inactive for today’s game against the Cardinals. With WR Deebo Samuel also out, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor figure to operate as San Francisco’s top 2 WRs.
The 49ers have placed WR Deebo Samuel (foot) on IR. It's a bit surprising after Samuel was seemingly trending in the right direction -- and potentially even being ready for Week 1. We haven't heard of a setback, but Samuel is now out for at least the first 3 weeks. With WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) questionable for Sunday's opener vs. Arizona, Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor figure to operate as San Francisco's top 2 WRs.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Cardinals. He put in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. The rookie figures to be on a snap count if he's active on Sunday, so he's not a recommended Week 1 fantasy play.
49ers WR Deebo Samuel (foot) didn't practice all week and is out for Sunday's opener vs. the Cardinals. HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Samuel will be "day-to-day" next week, but we'd consider him no better than 50/50 for Week 2.
49ers WR Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) returned to a limited practice on Thursday. That gives the rookie a shot to play against the Cardinals this weekend, although he shouldn't be in your Week 1 fantasy plans after missing over 2 weeks of practice.
49ers WRs Deebo Samuel (foot) and Brandon Aiyuk (hamstring) missed practice on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't be counting on either guy to play against the Cardinals this weekend. Their absences would leave Kendrick Bourne and Trent Taylor as San Francisco's top 2 WRs. TE George Kittle should dominate targets.
The 49ers on Wednesday activated LB Fred Warner from the COVID list. That makes him available to play the opener against the Cardinals, a matchup that allowed him 9 and 12 tackles in last year's 2 meetings. A top-10 LB in our preseason rankings, Warner belongs in your Week 1 IDP lineup. Dre Greenlaw, meanwhile, takes a tumble in our Week 1 LB rankings.
49ers GM John Lynch is "hopeful" to have WR Deebo Samuel (foot) for Sunday's opener against the Cardinals. Samuel has been trending in the right direction for the past few weeks and will be examined by team doctors again on Tuesday. We'll monitor his practice participation this week. Fantasy owners shouldn't plan on using him in Week 1 lineups -- but he might be an option as early as Week 2.
The 49ers are expected to activate WR Deebo Samuel from the non-football injury list and include him on the initial 53-man active roster. That will make him eligible to play in Week 1. We'll certainly still keep an eye on his participation to make sure he's actually on track to play in the opener. But this is a good sign for Samuel's early-season outlook.
The Dolphins have cut QB Josh Rosen. It sounds like they tried to find a trade partner but found no takers. Acquired for 2nd- and 5th-round picks last spring, Rosen started just 3 games for Miami. We'll see where the 23-year-old latches on next.
49ers TE George Kittle returned to practice on Wednesday. He missed about a week with what the team called a "tight" hamstring. "Kittle looked sharp with his burst and cuts in practice," insider Cam Inman observed. We're not worried about the hammy and continue to like Kittle as a 2nd-round target in fantasy drafts.
The 49ers are hopeful that WR Deebo Samuel (foot) will be able to return to practice next week, HC Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. Samuel remains a long shot to play in the opener against Arizona. But it looks like he has a shot to return for Week 2 or 3, barring a setback. Samuel is well worth a shot if you can get him in Round 9 or 10.
The Patriots are releasing WR Mohamed Sanu, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It seems like a surprise, but ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss had projected less than a day earlier that Sanu would miss the 53-man roster. It officially makes New England's trade for the wideout last year an awful move. We'll see if Sanu lands elsewhere, but he's certainly not worth clinging to in any format. Sanu's departure leaves more room for WRs such as Damiere Byrd and Gunner Olszewski.
The 49ers have placed LB Fred Warner on the COVID-19 reserve list. It's not yet clear whether Warner has tested positive or merely been exposed to a COVID-positive person. If Warner displays symptoms, his Week 1 availability would be in jeopardy. Other players have come off the list in as little as a day or 2. We'll keep an eye on the star LB's situation as the opener approaches. If Warner misses any games, Dre Greenlaw would likely take on a 3-down role.
It sounds like there's nothing to worry about with the "tight" hamstring that ended Wednesday's practice early for 49ers TE George Kittle. “He’s good with all the testing, so there’s nothing pulled or strained, just tightness,” HC Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “The way George moves and the way he goes, he only knows one way, so when he’s tight, we're going to protect him from himself and wait until he’s not tight.” Kittle still sat out practice Friday, but you can continue with drafting him as you had planned.
TE George Kittle left practice Wednesday and didn't participate in the team's Thursday walkthrough. According to the team website, HC Kyle Shanahan said Kittle was merely dealing with a "tight" hamstring and that they pulled him before he could do any real damage to it. We'll keep an eye on Kittle's status, but there doesn't seem to be any reason to worry about him or adjust your outlook at this point.
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