Jul 29, 2022; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility near Levi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE George Kittle ‘good to go’ vs. Broncos

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is expected to make his season debut on Sunday night against the host Denver Broncos, coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday.

Kittle missed the 49ers’ first two games of the season with a groin injury he sustained in practice on Sept. 5. He was limited in practice on both Wednesday and Thursday before turning for the full session on Friday.

“He’s good to go. I thought he got better each day,” Shanahan said on Friday. “He means a ton in both (the run game and the pass game). Kittle’s been one of our better players here over the years. When he’s out there, he’s a huge deal for us. We’ve got to get him back into football shape and stuff because he hasn’t played in a little bit. But he helps us in every facet we do.”

Kittle, 28, caught 71 passes for 910 yards and six touchdowns in 14 starts last season.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection has not played a full season since 2018 due to various injuries.

Also, San Francisco running back Tyrion Davis-Price (ankle), offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill (hamstring) and tight end Tyler Kroft (knee) did not practice on Friday. All three have been ruled out against Denver.

Additionally, defensive lineman Arik Armstead (foot) did not practice on Friday and joins offensive lineman Colton McKivitz (ankle) in being listed as questionable versus the Broncos.

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Jul 29, 2022; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility near Levi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE George Kittle (groin) inactive vs. Bears

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle was inactive for Sunday’s soggy season opener at Chicago.

Kittle, 28, sustained a groin injury in Monday’s practice and was not able to get back on the field this week.

The three-time Pro Bowl selection caught 71 passes for 910 yards and six touchdowns in 14 starts last season.

Also inactive for the 49ers were quarterback Brock Purdy, running back Ty Davis-Price, wide receiver Danny Gray, defensive lineman Jordan Willis, and offensive linemen Daniel Brunskill and Nick Zakelj.

Inactive players for the Bears were wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., tight end Trevon Wesco, defensive back Elijah Hicks, defensive lineman Kingsley Jonathan, and offensive linemen Ja’Tyre Carter and Alex Leatherwood.

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Jul 29, 2022; Santa Clara, CA, USA;  San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) during training camp at the SAP Performance Facility near Levi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE George Kittle sits out Wednesday with groin injury

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle did not practice Wednesday and is considered day-to-day with a groin injury.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan, prepping quarterback Trey Lance to start at Chicago in the season-opener on Sunday, was optimistic Kittle could still be a featured weapon in the passing game when the 49ers visit the Bears.

“Was hoping (he would) be good today, did little Monday … we’ll have to see day by day,” Shanahan said.

Kittle had 71 receptions for 910 yards and six touchdowns in 2021.

The 49ers do expect quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, recovering from shoulder surgery, to be physically ready as the No. 2 QB this week.

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Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) catches a pass against Atlanta Falcons defensive back Kendall Sheffield (20) in the fourth quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kelce sets single-season mark for yardage by a tight end

Kansas City Chiefs star Travis Kelce had 98 receiving yards on Sunday to set a new single-season record for a tight end with 1,416 yards.

He surpassed the mark set by San Francisco’s George Kittle, who had 1,377 in 2018.

Kelce also caught seven passes in the 17-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons to raise his season total to a career-best 105 and become the first tight end to have 100 or more catches twice in a career. He also recorded his career-best 11th touchdown reception.

Kelce, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, was more impressed that the Chiefs (14-1) earned the AFC’s No. 1 seed for the postseason and landed the first-round bye than his individual accomplishments.

“To get a week of preparation, a week of really locking in and getting the body right that late in the season is so key, and it’s much needed if you want to make that playoff push,” Kelce said after the contest. “That’s what you work your tail off for all season. I’m just proud to be a part of this team and be able to do it again this year.”

One player impressed with Kelce’s season accomplishments is Kittle.

“Raising the bar all year!!! Congrats @tkelce,” Kittle said on Twitter.

Kelce, 31, also topped 100 receptions when he had 103 in 2018. He is the only tight end in NFL history to post five seasons with at least 1,000 receiving yards.

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Oct 25, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) is tackled by New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Phillips (21) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE Kittle to be activated for game vs. Cardinals

San Francisco 49ers standout tight end George Kittle is expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday.

Kittle sustained a fractured foot on Nov. 1 against the Seattle Seahawks and was placed on injured reserve four days later. He has missed the past six games and San Francisco has gone 1-5 without him.

Shanahan said the 49ers will remove Kittle from the injured list within the next day.

“He looked great this week,” Shanahan said. “Just talked to him, he said he felt good here after practice so I’m expecting him to go.”

With the 49ers (5-9) eliminated from postseason play, the decision to activate Kittle for meaningless games will likely draw some scrutiny. But Shanahan sees no reason why a now-healthy player should sit out.

“He’s probably one of the healthiest guys we have right now,” Shanahan said. “He had two good weeks of practice, feels great after it. We wouldn’t put him out there at all if there was any risk of re-injuring this or he wasn’t healed. But we’ve got a lot of guys going out there and everyone has got stuff on the line every time they step out.

“Whether you have two games left and you’re not in the playoffs or whether it’s the first game of the year, that’s what these guys do. If they’re healthy enough to do it, that’s what you do on our team.”

Kittle, 27, has 37 receptions for 474 yards and two touchdowns in six games this season.

Kittle topped 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past two seasons while solidifying himself as one of the league’s top tight ends. He made the Pro Bowl in both seasons.

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Nov 24, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) celebrate after scoring a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE Kittle nearing return

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle plans to be back on the field soon.

Kittle, out since Nov. 1 with a broken foot, has been motivated to beat the team’s timeline of eight weeks — which would allow him to play Week 17 — as the 49ers re-enter the playoff picture.

“They said eight weeks; I said six,” said Kittle, who broke the bone outside the pinkie toe that connects the foot to the ankle. “And I’m excited. These last couple days have definitely progressed forward and made me very optimistic about returning to the field of play. When I first got hurt, my mindset was that I’ll be back. And I’m going to continue to keep that mindset because I definitely feel like I’m going to be on the field here sooner than later.”

At 5-6, the 49ers are in the thick of the NFC wild-card race and not yet eliminated from winning the division. They’re 2-2 against NFC West opponents, but face the new challenge of playing all games away from Santa Clara, Calif., due to COVID-19 restrictions in the county.

The next two games are in Glendale, Ariz., at State Farm Stadium, before a trip to Dallas on Dec. 20 that could be the target for Kittle’s comeback game.

Kittle is with the 49ers in Arizona and head coach Kyle Shanahan echoed that the plan from the team perspective would be to have Kittle and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on the field this month.

“I’m holding out for Jimmy for the last couple weeks,” Shanahan said. “Same with Kittle. I think they are both in a similar boat. That’s not guaranteed, it’s how they react here over the next couple of weeks, but they are just starting to get into it. That’s hopefully going to be the last couple weeks, whether it’s two games or one game or none.”

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September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) signals before the game against the Arizona Cardinals at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) is tackled by Arizona Cardinals safety Chris Banjo (31) and middle linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers TE Kittle practices, expects to play Sunday

With the 49ers set to play the Philadelphia Eagles in prime time Sunday, San Francisco tight end George Kittle made it clear that there was no way he is going to sit out after missing two games with a knee injury.

“I just get excited at the opportunity,” Kittle said. “I mean, 5:25 on a Sunday night in Levi’s (Stadium) is pretty exciting. I know our fans won’t be there, but we’re going to feel them. It’s just going to be really exciting to get out there and play again. I’ve been missing it.”

Kittle sprained his left knee in Week 1 against the Arizona Cardinals after getting hit low by safety Budda Baker. He missed the next two contests against the New York Giants and the New York Jets, partly due to concerns about MetLife Stadium’s artificial playing surface.

“I feel like I can always play,” Kittle said. “I feel like I could have played versus the Jets, but that’s just me. I think a couple things went into me not playing and just the conversation with coach (Kyle) Shanahan and we just agreed it wasn’t the best decision and I wasn’t all the way back yet and it’s a long season. I think if it would have been later in the season, I would have definitely gone.”

Now with the 49ers back at home and playing on grass, Kittle is confident that he is ready to roll after going through his second full practice in as many days. His return is a boon to a team hit hard by injuries.

And his timing couldn’t be better as the Pro Bowl tight end seems to shine brightest under the lights. Last year, four of his five touchdown catches came in night-time action, and he hauled in at least five catches and 70 yards in each of the five prime-time games he played.

Kittle may not be the only starter returning to the lineup as receiver Deebo Samuel practiced as well on Thursday. Samuel could be ready to come off IR and make his first appearance of the season after sustaining a Jones fracture in his left foot over the summer.

Running back Jerick McKinnon, who left last week’s win with a rib injury, also could be ready to start in place of Raheem Mostert (knee), and quarterback Nick Mullens almost certainly will start again in place of Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle).

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Dec 8, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens (4) before their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Shanahan expects QB Mullens to start for 49ers

San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan said Nick Mullens likely will be the 49ers’ starter Sunday against the New York Giants.

Jimmy Garoppolo is dealing with a high right ankle sprain suffered in last weekend’s 31-13 victory over the New York Jets.

“I’ll be surprised if Jimmy gets back later in the week,” Shanahan said Wednesday, per the San Francisco Chronicle. “Nick is ready to go. He got a lot of playing time with us in 2018, and that prepared him for moments like this.”

Mullens, 25, completed 8 of 11 passes for 71 yards with one interception in relief against the Jets. In 2018, he was 3-5 as a starter and completed 64.2 percent of his throws for 2,277 yards with 13 touchdowns and 10 picks.

Shanahan also said running back Tevin Coleman is headed to injured reserve with a knee sprain that is expected to keep him out of the lineup for at least four weeks.

Coleman, 27, has rushed 18 times for 30 yards and has three catches for 34 yards this season. The former Atlanta Falcon gained 724 yards from scrimmage and scored seven TDs in his first season with the 49ers in 2019.

Garoppolo, Coleman, running back Raheem Mostert (MCL sprain) and defensive end Dee Ford (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Nick Bosa, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, is out for the season with a torn ACL that he sustained Sunday.

Some good news for San Francisco was the limited participation of All-Pro tight end George Kittle in Wednesday’s practice. Kittle missed the win against the Jets with a sprained left knee.

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Aug 25, 2020; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (85) runs with the football during training camp at SAP Performance Facility. Mandatory Credit: San Francisco 49ers/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

49ers star TE Kittle (knee) to miss game vs. Jets

San Francisco 49ers star tight end George Kittle has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets due to a knee injury.

Kittle injured his left knee during last Sunday’s 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He had four receptions for 44 yards before exiting.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection missed practice all week before coach Kyle Shanahan announced Friday that he wouldn’t play against the Jets.

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.

Cornerback Jason Verrett (hamstring) will also miss the contest. Defensive end Dee Ford (neck) is questionable.

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