San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle ‘very happy’ to make his season debut Sunday night


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Santa Clara, California. — The last time San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle played the Denver Broncos in the regular season, he had the most productive day of his NFL career. That said, Kittle’s return from the groin injury that sidelined him for the first two weeks of the season couldn’t come at a better time.

Yes, Kittle will play his season opener Sunday night against the Broncos, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Friday afternoon.

“He’s good to go,” Shanahan said. “I thought every day he got better meant a ton of both [the run and pass game], Kittle has been one of our best players over the years he’s been out there. He hasn’t played a bit but we need to get him back into football form as he helps us in all aspects.

Kittle completed the training week without any issues, participating on a limited basis in the first two sessions and going full Friday. Friday’s injury report showed no injuries.

“I’m very happy,” Kittle said Thursday. “Definitely, it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s nice to be back on the football field with the boys. I love our performance staff. They do a fantastic job of getting us back together, but really I’ll be fine. I’ll be watching them all season long. So, it’s great to be out there catching some football.” , actually wearing pads and attacking people.”

Kittle suffered a groin injury early in September. 5, a “bonus” practice the Niners had before the season opener against the Chicago Bears. He didn’t play that week or last week against the Seattle Seahawks, though he played Sept. 16 for the first time.

Kittle running back means Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will get pass catchers full time in his first start of the season after stepping in for injured quarterback Trey Lance (fractured right ankle). The Niners won’t mind if Kittle repeats his performance from when the Niners and Broncos last met on Dec. 9, 2018.

In a 20–14 San Francisco victory, Kittle recorded seven catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. All of that damage came in the first half and Kittle exited in the second, falling short of Shannon Sharpe’s record for receiving yards by a tight end in a game (214).

Regardless of the opponent, Kittle is clearly excited to be back on the field, noting that he’s “itching a little bit” to get back.

“But that’s Sunday Night Football,” Kittle said. “Just go out there and let it all out there. It’ll be fun.”

One 49er player who did not join Kittle on the field Sunday night was defensive end Aric Armstead. Armstead is dealing with a leg injury, and his status remains up in the air, though Shanahan said Wednesday he’ll be “fine.” Armstead is officially listed as questionable but did not practice this week.


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