49ers star TE Kittle set to return vs. Eagles
San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle is available to play on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after a two-game absence due to a sprained left knee.
San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that Kittle and receiver Deebo Samuel (foot) have been cleared to play. Kittle was injured in the season-opening game against the Arizona Cardinals and Samuel was injured in mid-June and has missed all three games.
Kittle was a full practice participant the past three days. He also insisted during a media availability on Thursday that he would be on the field.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection had four receptions for 44 yards before exiting against Arizona.
Kittle is fresh off back-to-back outstanding seasons. He caught 88 passes for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 and followed with 85 receptions for 1,053 yards and five scores last season.
Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three touchdowns last season as a rookie.
Shanahan said he will pick his spots per utilizing Samuel against the Eagles.
“It is his first time back, we have got to be smart with that,” Shanahan said. “I know he’ll be out there but it won’t be his normal role, that’s for sure.”
Nick Mullens will be the quarterback for the second straight game as Jimmy Garoppolo continues to recover from a sprained right ankle.
Running back Raheem Mostert (knee) also will miss his second straight game. Jerick McKinnon will start in his place.
Shanahan said that tight end Jordan Reed (knee) and defensive end Dee Ford (back) will be placed on injured reserve on Saturday. The move will require both players to miss at least three games.
Also ruled out were linebacker Dre Greenlaw (quadriceps) and cornerbacks Emmanuel Moseley (concussion) and Ahkello Witherspoon (hamstring).
Linebacker K’Waun Williams (hip) is questionable.
–Field Level Media