Oct 3, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) jogs on the field during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers place TE George Kittle (calf) on injured reserve

The San Francisco 49ers placed two-time Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle on injured reserve Saturday with an ailing calf.

Kittle has been unable to practice all this week after being hampered by the injury since the season opener. He will miss the team’s next three games as a result of Saturday’s move.

Kittle has recorded 19 catches for 227 yards in four games this season. He has yet to score a touchdown for the 49ers (2-2), who face the undefeated Arizona Cardinals (4-0) on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

The 28-year-old was limited to eight games last season due to knee and foot injuries. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the previous two seasons, averaging 86.5 catches, 1,215 yards and five touchdowns.

Tanner Hudson has been elevated from the practice squad to the active roster to join fellow tight ends Ross Dwelley and Charlie Woerner.

Hudson, 26, has five receptions for 67 yards in 20 career games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019-20).

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs after a catch during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE George Kittle (calf) questionable for Sunday

The San Francisco 49ers could be without one of their most important players for Sunday’s showdown with the Seattle Seahawks.

Star tight end George Kittle (calf) is listed as questionable for the game between the NFC West rivals. He sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday before practicing Friday on a limited basis.

“I’m going to do everything I can to be able to be on the field on Sunday,” Kittle said Friday. “And then if the body says I can go, I’ll be out there.”

Kittle, who has been dealing with the calf injury since Week 1, has 15 catches for 187 yards this season. He has yet to score a touchdown.

The 27-year-old was limited to eight games last season due to knee and foot injuries. He made the Pro Bowl in each of the previous two seasons, averaging 86.5 catches, 1,215 yards and five touchdowns during those two standout seasons.

Running back Elijah Mitchell (shoulder) also is questionable for Sunday, while cornerback Josh Norman (lung) is doubtful.

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October 11, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) warms up against the Miami Dolphins before the game at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers designate TE Kittle (foot) to return from IR

The San Francisco 49ers designated tight end George Kittle to return from injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday.

Kittle has been sidelined since Nov. 1 with a broken foot. He could be activated in time for San Francisco’s road game against the Dallas Cowboys (4-9) on Sunday.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Kittle has 37 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season for the 49ers (5-8). He missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury.

Kittle, 27, 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.

Also on Wednesday, the 49ers placed rookie offensive lineman Colton McKivitz on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

McKivitz, 24, has appeared in 12 games (two starts) since being selected in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Sep 22, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrates with tight end George Kittle (85) after the 49ers scored a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Niners’ Garoppolo, Kittle to miss extended time

San Francisco 49ers offensive stars Jimmy Garoppolo and George Kittle are expected to miss extended time after suffering injuries in Sunday’s game, according to multiple reports.

Garoppolo has a lingering high ankle sprain and Kittle will be out eight weeks with a small fracture in his foot, per ESPN and NFL Network. ESPN reported that Garoppolo will be sidelined at least six weeks and maybe longer if surgery is required.

Garoppolo first suffered the ankle injury in Week 2 and it has been bothering him since. He left Sunday’s 37-27 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the second half and was replaced by Nick Mullens.

Niners coach Kyle Shanahan initially said Sunday that Kittle’s injury wasn’t serious, but further testing revealed the fracture on Monday.

Kittle, 27, missed two games earlier this season with a knee injury. The two-time Pro Bowl selection has 37 catches for 474 yards and two touchdowns. He had two catches Sunday for 39 yards.

Garoppolo, who turned 29 on Monday, passed for 84 yards with an interception at Seattle before leaving. He has completed 67.1 percent of his passes for 1,096 yards with seven scores and five picks in six games this season.

The 49ers are 4-4 and sit last in the NFC West. They play host to the Green Bay Packers (5-2) on Thursday night.

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Aug 17, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Dee Ford (55) walks to the field during training camp at SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

Kittle (ankle), DE Ford (neck) miss practice for 49ers

Tight end George Kittle (ankle) and defensive end Dee Ford (neck) did not practice Thursday for the San Francisco 49ers.

Kittle missed practice for the second consecutive day as did wide receiver Richie James (hamstring). Coach Kyle Shanahan has said Kittle does not need to practice in order to play during Week 2 against the New York Jets on Sunday.

Ford played Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals and was a full participant on Wednesday. However, defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said Thursday he wasn’t too concerned.

The 49ers’ secondary is ravaged by injuries as cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) did not practice Thursday, a day after Richard Sherman was put on injured reserve. Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion protocol) was upgraded to limited participant. He would replace Sherman if he’s able to play Sunday.

Wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk and center Ben Garland were both full participants in Thursday’s practice. Both players missed Week 1.

–Field Level Media

September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs against Arizona Cardinals strong safety Budda Baker (32) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers condemn racist messages sent to Cards S Baker

The San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday publicly condemned racist messages sent to Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker and said they are trying to identify the person so they can ban them from future games and events.

On Monday, Baker posted a screenshot of what appeared to be Instagram direct messages sent from the handle “niners8” to Baker that, along with calling Baker the n-word numerous times, called the two-time Pro Bowl selection a “monkey” and a “slave” and telling him to get on his knees.

When he posted the screengrab on Twitter, Baker wrote, “Im all good with opposing fans talking trash. But This right here man… All you can do is pray for ppl like this.”

On Tuesday, the 49ers posted the following message to their social media accounts:

“The San Francisco 49ers unequivocally denounce the racist messages sent to Budda Baker. The individual who sent the messages does not represent the 49ers or the Faithful. Per team policy, we are working to identify this person and will ban them from all 49ers games and events. Incidents like this demonstrate how much work remains to be done to address racism and hate in our society. We remain steadfast in our commitment to that work.”

49ers CEO Jed York added via his own Twitter account, “Sadly, these incidents occur far too often. Permitting these individuals to go unchecked allows racism and hate to spread. I urge other teams in the world of sport to consider our policy of banning those who seek to tear others down with racial slurs and threats of violence.”

The issue appears to be a hit that Baker put on 49ers Pro Bowl tight end George Kittle during the Cardinals’ 24-20 win Sunday in San Francisco. In the final minute of the first half and with the 49ers in the red zone, San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw a pass to Kittle that sailed high. Kittle was unable to make the catch and Baker, who had begun diving at Kittle as Kittle was in the air trying to make the grab, hit Kittle just as the tight end was coming to the ground.

Kittle’s left knee appeared to hyperextend and he limped to the sideline. He missed one snap but finished the game. Nonetheless, Kittle’s status for next Sunday in New York against the Jets is in the air.

On Tuesday, Kittle posted a photo of himself and Baker, who wears No. 32, during a play with the caption, “Nothing but respect 32! See you down the road.” An hour later, Baker responded to Kittle’s post with “Always Respect Bro.”

Baker, 24, was taken in the second round in 2017 out of Washington. He has 338 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and 14 passes defended in 47 games (37 starts) for his career. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017 and ’19 — the first on special teams and the second on defense.

Kittle, 26, was also taken in 2017 (though in the fifth round). The former Iowa star made the Pro Bowl in 2018 & ’19, earning first-team All-Pro honors last season. He has 2,989 yards on 220 catches with 12 touchdowns in his career.

Both players signed contract extensions in the offseason, and each was among the first to congratulate the other.

–Field Level Media

Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) runs after a reception in the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chiefs, Kelce agree to four-year extension

Tight end Travis Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Thursday.

Schefter reported that the deal, which ties Kelce to Kansas City for the next six seasons, includes $28 million in guarantees. Kelce had two years remaining on the five-year, $46 million contract that he signed in January 2016.

The news comes hours after San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle reportedly agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension.

Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes took to social media to express his excitement about Kelce’s deal.

Kelce, 30, recorded 97 receptions for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games last season. He has 507 catches for 6,465 yards and 37 touchdowns in 96 career games since being selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The University of Cincinnati product has made five straight Pro Bowls (2015-19) and was an All-Pro selection in 2016 and 2018. He helped lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title in the 2019 campaign.

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Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;  San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) during Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 49ers’ Kittle agrees to 5-year, $75M extension

The San Francisco 49ers and All-Pro tight end George Kittle have agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension, ESPN reported Thursday.

The deal reportedly includes a $30 million signing bonus and a $40 million injury guarantee.

A conflicting report from Sports Illustrated on Wednesday said Kittle would sign a six-year, $94.8 million contract on Friday.

Kittle, 26, responded to the SI report on Twitter: “Y’all believe everything you read on the internet huh (Expressionless face emoji).”

Drafted in the fifth round in 2017, Kittle has 216 receptions for 2,945 yards and 12 touchdowns in three seasons with the 49ers.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection set an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018. He caught 85 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns for the NFC champions in 2019.

–Field Level Media