SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The final time San Francisco 49ers tight finish George Kittle performed the Denver Broncos within the common season, he had the most efficient day of his NFL profession. Which implies Kittle’s return from the groin damage that saved him on the sidelines for the primary two weeks of this season could not come at a greater time.
Sure, Kittle will make his season debut Sunday night time towards the Broncos, coach Kyle Shanahan confirmed Friday afternoon.
“He’s good to go,” Shanahan stated. “I thought he got better each day. He means a ton in both [the run and pass game]. Kittle has been one of our better players here over the years when he’s out there. We’ve got to get him back into football shape just because he hasn’t played in a little bit but he helps us in every facet.”
Kittle made it by means of the follow week with none points, collaborating within the first two periods on a restricted foundation and entering into full Friday. He has no damage designation on the Friday damage report.
“I’m pretty happy,” Kittle stated Thursday. “Just had a breath of fresh air, honestly. It feels great 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 I’d be OK with not really seeing them for the rest of the season. So, just really happy to be back out there catching the football, actually getting to put pads on, hit people.”
Kittle initially suffered the groin damage Sept. 5, a “bonus” follow the Niners had earlier than the season opener towards the Chicago Bears. He didn’t play that week or final week towards the Seattle Seahawks, although he did take part in follow Sept. 16 for the primary time.
Having Kittle again means Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo could have his full complement of cross catchers in his first begin of the season after stepping in for injured quarterback Trey Lance (damaged proper ankle). The Niners would not thoughts if Kittle reenacted his efficiency from the final time the Niners and Broncos met, on Dec. 9, 2018.
In a 20-14 San Francisco win, Kittle posted seven catches for 210 yards and a landing. All that harm got here within the first half and Kittle was shut out within the second half, leaving him simply wanting Shannon Sharpe’s file for receiving yards by a good finish in a sport (214).
No matter opponent, Kittle is clearly excited to be again on the sector, noting he is been “a little itchy” to return.
“But that’s what Sunday Night Football is for,” Kittle stated. “Just get to go out there and let it all out there. It will be fun.”
One 49er who won’t be becoming a member of Kittle on the sector Sunday night time is defensive lineman Arik Armstead. Armstead is coping with a foot damage and although Shanahan stated Wednesday he anticipated him to be “all right,” his standing is up within the air. Armstead is formally listed as questionable however didn’t follow this week.