49ers TE George Kittle revealed that he suffered “fractured cartilage” to his rib cage on the 3rd play of Week 9's game against the Raiders. “It didn’t feel very good,” he said. “I wore two giant rib protectors for the rest of the season.” Kittle went for 108 yards and a score in that Raiders game and then ranked 3rd among TEs in fantasy points from Week 10 on. So the injury obviously wasn't a major factor. Kittle has missed just 1 game through his first 2 NFL seasons but was listed on the injury report with hamstring, calf, hip, chest, back, elbow and ankle issues as a rookie. He also suffered shoulder and foot injuries in his final college season. While he's shown the ability to produce through injuries, he might be a bigger durability risk going forward than he appears at first glance.
The 49ers announced that QB Nick Mullens will start tonight's game against the Raiders. QB C.J. Beathard (wrist) will be active as the backup. Mullens went undrafted out of Southern Miss. He completed a mediocre 60% of his career passes in college and tossed 46 INTs in 44 games. Downgrade George Kittle to low-end TE1 status with Mullens under center. We'd try to avoid the rest of San Francisco's passing game.
49ers TE George Kittle (knee) is active. He was limited in practice all week but remains the top TE play in tonight’s game against the Packers.
Niners TE George Kittle (knee) is questionable for Monday night's game against the Packers. He put in limited practices all week and didn't appear to miss any significant time with the issue in last week's game. We'd bet on Kittle playing Monday night. Garrett Celek should be available as an emergency fill-in should Kittle land on the inactive list.
An MRI on 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo's left knee revealed a torn ACL. His 2018 campaign is over. If this is a clean ACL tear with no other ligament damage, Garoppolo has a good chance to be ready for the start of the 2019 season a little over 11 months from now. QB C.J. Beathard takes over for the rest of this year. He completed 55.3% of his passes and averaged 6.3 yards per attempt in 5 starts late last season. The 'Niners averaged just 14.8 points in those games. Garoppolo's absence will be felt by everyone in this offense.
49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) is not listed on the Week 1 injury report. He missed most of August after suffering a separated shoulder in the preseason opener. Kittle also has a tough matchup on Sunday against a Vikings defense that allowed the fewest PPR points to TEs last year. We’d try to avoid using him in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
49ers TE George Kittle (shoulder) returned to what insider Joe Fann called a "very limited" practice on Tuesday. Kittle "worked through individual drills and caught some passes standing still, but he didn’t run any routes," according to Fann. Kittle is making progress in his recovery from a separated shoulder in the preseason opener, but he still seems questionable to be ready for Week 1. We'll continue to keep an eye on him.
49ers TE George Kittle separated his shoulder in Thursday night's preseason game. The good news is that an MRI revealed no tears or structural damage," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "Not serious," Rapoport added. Kittle still figures to miss practice time, though, and we can't consider him a lock to be ready for the start of the season. We'll keep an eye on his rehab. It's worth noting that, despite missing just 1 game last year, Kittle appeared on the injury report with hamstring, calf, hip, chest, back, elbow and ankle issues.
Niners TE George Kittle suffered a shoulder injury in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's preseason opener against the Cowboys. There's no word yet on the severity. We'll keep an eye out for updates over the next few days.
49ers TE George Kittle (ankle) isn’t listed on the final Week 12 injury report. He’ll play against the Seahawks on Sunday after missing San Francisco’s last game. Kittle should take back over as the lead pass-catching TE but would be a desperation fantasy play.
49ers TE George Kittle (ankle) is out for Week 10, HC Kyle Shanahan announced on Monday. The rookie hobbled through the injury in yesterday's loss to the Cardinals but will now miss a plus matchup against the Giants. Kittle's absence leaves San Francisco with TEs Garrett Celek and Cole Hikutini.
49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Panthers. The rookie shouldn’t be in fantasy lineups.
49ers TE George Kittle (hamstring) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s opener against the Panthers. The rookie could emerge as a spot-start option later this season but shouldn’t be in Week 1 fantasy lineups.
49ers TE George Kittle aggravated the hamstring injury that bothered him throughout August, HC Kyle Shanahan said. Kittle was able to put in a limited practice on Wednesday, so he has a shot to play against the Panthers this weekend. He shouldn't be in your fantasy plans, though.
The Steelers have acquired TE Vance McDonald and a 5th-round pick from the 49ers in exchange for a 4th-rounder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 'Niners have had McDonald on the trade block all offseason and finally found a taker. The 2013 second-round pick has flashed some over the past 2 seasons, averaging 13.3 yards per catch and scoring 7 times on 54 catches on a bad 49ers offense. He'll has a new system to learn in Pittsburgh but could certainly push TE Jesse James for playing time later this season. Keep McDonald on your waiver-wire watch list. His departure, meanwhile, opens the door for impressive rookie George Kittle to serve as San Francisco's pass-catching TE. He's another guy who could emerge as a spot-start option at some point this season.
49ers GM John Lynch talked up rookie TE George Kittle in a Tuesday radio appearance. "He’s got some suddenness to him in his movements. He catches the ball extremely well," Lynch said. "I think George gives us something we don’t have in a playmaker down near the red zone, where you’ve got a one-on-one matchup ... We feel like George Kittle maybe gives us something where he is that guy, in a one-on-one situation you can flex him out, put him in the middle of the field and he can kind of impose his will and just out-athlete people. " Kittle has been buzzing since being selected in the 5th round of this spring's draft. He impressed onlookers in minicamp earlier this month, when he got run with the 1st-team offense. We're still skeptical of a rookie TE in what will very likely be a subpar offense, but Kittle's progress will be worth monitoring when training camp opens in about a month. At minimum, he's an intriguing dynasty stash.
49ers TE George Kittle worked exclusively with the starting offense during Tuesday's minicamp practice, according to insider Grant Cohn. "For long stretches, Kittle was [QB Brian] Hoyer’s go-to guy," Cohn added. San Francisco's new brass isn't high on TE Vance McDonald, and the rest of the TE group reads Garrett Celek, Logan Paulsen and Blake Bell. Kittle didn't put up big numbers at Iowa but earned the top SPARQ score in this year's loaded TE class. He could certainly carve out a rookie-year role.
The 49ers snagged Iowa TE George Kittle in the 5th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6’4, 247-pounder surprised with a 97th percentile SPARQ score in the pre-draft process. He doesn’t play that athletically but did average 15.4 yards per catch across 4 college seasons. Kittle is also a more-than-willing blocker and comes from a pro-style offense. There’s some sleeper appeal here. Note that insider Michael Lombardi reported Friday that TE Vance McDonald is on the trade block.
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