A misleading throw from 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo exposed tight end George Kittle to a blow to the knee. Which resulted in a sprain of the knee. Which could prevent Kittle from playing this weekend against the Jets.
Officially, Kittle did not practice on Wednesday.
“[H]e fighting, ”coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters on Wednesday. “We thought it would be okay, woke up the next day a little hurt. He fully expects to be there on Sunday as he always does. Like he always plays through the game when it happens, but we give him the whole week. Always love getting them out there on Friday. We’ll see how it goes.
Friday is a review anyway, but Kittle is a guy who, if he’s ready to go on Sunday and the doctors say he’s good to go, we have no problem with him going without practicing. . ”
Kittle suffered a knee injury last year against the Cardinals, continued to play and then missed a few games.
In addition, on Wednesday, receiver Richie James (hoarding), cornerback Jason Verrett (hoarding) and cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) did not practice.
The 49ers have a couple of winning games in New York against the Jets and Giants. Without Kittle, however, they will be a little harder to win.