The San Francisco 49ers may be forced to face one of their biggest rivals without arguably their best offensive weapon this weekend. On Friday, October 1st, All-Pro tight end George Kittle remained questionable for the Niners’ Sunday afternoon matchup with NFC West Division rival Seattle Seahawks. Kittle is still dealing with a calf injury that could keep him out for the next 36 hours, depending on how his rehabilitation sessions go.
Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman tweeted some of Kittle’s comments to reporters on Friday, in which the tight end stated that he would play against the Seahawks if at all possible.
“#49ers George Kittle: ‘Dealing with some swelling, little pain, and doing what we can to make sure I’m available Sunday,'” Inman tweeted. “‘I’m going to give it my all to be on the field on Sunday.’ I’ll be out there if my body allows it. ‘”
Prior to Friday’s practice, the tight end participated in non-contact running drills and was a limited participant throughout the day.
Injuries Mount in San Francisco
Kittle’s status isn’t the only one in doubt for Sunday.
On Friday, the Niners released a practice report on the team’s official Twitter account, detailing the injury statuses of key players.
$ “Seahawks,” the team said on Twitter. Mitchell, the rookie running back who took over the starting role after Raheem Mostert went down with a knee injury and was lost for the season, suffered a shoulder injury late in San Francisco’s Week 2 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, September 19. Mitchell sat out last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Fellow rookie rusher Trey Sermon suffered a concussion against the Eagles but recovered in time to make his first career start against the Packers after passing the league’s concussion protocol. He carried the ball 10 times for 31 yards and a touchdown, putting him in line for the starting job against the Seahawks on Sunday. Norman, one of several replacement cornerbacks brought in this season, saw his first action against the Packers. However, he was hit in the chest by a helmet during that game, necessitating an overnight stay in the hospital and putting the 9-year NFL veteran out for at least one game. In Norman’s place, the Niners are expected to promote either Dre Kirkpatrick or Deommodore Lenoir to the starting cornerback position on Sunday. Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw was a limited participant in Friday’s practice with a knee injury and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, while cornerback K’Waun Williams missed practice with a calf injury and is listed as out against the Seahawks. With an adductor injury, defensive end Arik Armstead has been a full go at practice all week and will play Sunday, as will defensive lineman Nick Bosa, who missed Wednesday’s practice for non-injury reasons but was on the field both Thursday and Friday. Clean Bowled News