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George Kittle

George Kittle

Tight End #85
ADP:Round: 2, Pick: 9
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 247 lb.
College:Iowa
Age:27
Born:October 9, 1993
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 5 (146)
Draft Team:SF

George Kittle: Seven catches in finale

Kittle had seven receptions (nine targets) for 68 yards in Sunday's 26-23 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: Kittle has dealt with multiple lower leg injuries in 2020, so his full participation in an inconsequential Week 17 tilt indicates that he is back at full strength heading into the offseason. The star tight end finishes the campaign with 48 receptions, 634 yards, two scores and a solid 76.2 catch rate in the eight games he participated in. The injury-shortened season could result in the 26-year-old coming at a bit of a discount in next year's drafts, as healthy elite options such as Travis Kelce and Darren Waller should come off the board before him. Kittle should resume contending for the title of top tight end in fantasy if he can stay healthy next year, especially with improved quarterback play in the form of a healthy Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) or an option from outside the organization.

January 3, 2021 6:34 PM EST

George Kittle: Racks up 92 yards in return

Kittle (foot) recorded four receptions on five targets for 92 yards in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Kittle was in game action for the first time since Week 8 and returned to lead the team in targets, yards and receptions. The majority of his production came on long receptions, including gains of 27, 24 and 18 yards. His first catch of the day came on a pass short and to the flat, but he made a quick cut and burst up field. The only thing missing from Kittle's effort was a trip to the end zone, though most importantly he appears to be fairly healthy heading into a Week 17 matchup against the Seahawks.

December 26, 2020 5:14 PM EST

George Kittle: Comes off IR

The 49ers activated Kittle (foot) from injured reserve Friday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Kittle missed the past six games due to a fractured cuboid bone in his foot that he suffered Nov. 1. The 49ers' receiving corps has been depleted as the season has gone on, with Deebo Samuel (hamstring) not expected to play Week 16 or 17, Trent Taylor (undisclosed) on the reserve/COVID-19 list and two others on IR. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Kittle will be under a "snap count" Saturday in Arizona, but it remains to be seen how exactly the tight end will be utilized.

December 25, 2020 2:55 PM EST

George Kittle: Slated to return Saturday

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Thursday that Kittle (foot) is expected to play in Saturday's game at Arizona, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Shanahan noted Kittle fared well enough in practice to warrant the 49ers activating the tight end from injured reserve, a move that is slated to happen prior to Saturday's 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff. In his first game action since Week 8, though, Kittle will be on a snap count nearly eight weeks removed from suffering a broken cuboid bone in his foot. Considering the recent play of Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley, Kittle may not warrant a ton of looks from C.J. Beathard, but his rapport with the QB going back to college at Iowa could be enough to make his return a productive one.

December 24, 2020 1:51 PM EST

George Kittle: Could play Saturday

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Tuesday that Kittle has a chance to play in Saturday's game versus the Cardinals, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "He's got a chance this week. That was the point to get him back in practice this week," Shanahan said. "I'm looking to see how he is this week, and if he's good, I plan on playing him."

Analysis: Kittle has been pushing to return before the end of the season after suffering a foot fracture in Week 8 against the Seahawks. Even though the 49ers are out of playoff contention, it doesn't sound like the team will rest its star tight end if he's medically cleared to play. If Kittle is good to go, he'll catch passes from C.J. Beathard, who was named the starting quarterback after Nick Mullens (elbow) was ruled out for the year.

December 22, 2020 11:41 AM EST

George Kittle: Uncertain to play final two games

Kittle (foot) is "pushing to play" in the 49ers' final two regular-season contests, but the team hasn't decided whether the tight end will be activated from injured reserve, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "A lot will go into that decision," a team source told Rapoport, regarding whether Kittle will play again in 2020.

Analysis: After being cleared to practice Wednesday, Kittle looks to be nearing the finish line in his recovery from the fractured bone in his foot that has sidelined him since Week 8. While another week of practice should be enough to get Kittle ready for game action from a conditioning standpoint, the 5-8 49ers may not want to risk exposing the star tight end to a potential setback over the final two games, especially if they're already eliminated from the playoffs. If the 49ers are at least able to win against the Cowboys on Sunday to keep their faint postseason hopes alive, Kittle's return Week 16 at Arizona would likely become more realistic.

December 20, 2020 5:48 AM EST

George Kittle: Not ready to play

Kittle (foot) won't play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: Earlier this week, the 49ers designated Kittle to return from injured reserve, hoping to get him back for the final stretch of the regular season. Of course, they may opt for caution if/when they're eliminated from playoff contention, something that could happen as soon as Sunday afternoon. Ross Dwelley and Jordan Reed will continue to split reps at tight end, while Brandon Aiyuk remains a clear favorite to lead the Niners in targets.

December 18, 2020 1:34 PM EST

George Kittle: Eligible to practice

The 49ers opened the Injured Reserve practice window for Kittle (foot) on Wednesday.

Analysis: The transaction makes Kittle eligible to practice, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be back for Sunday's must-win game in Dallas. In fact, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area relays that Kittle isn't expected to play this week, though it's possible the prognosis changes if he gets out on the practice field and looks healthy. There's also a decent chance he doesn't play again this season, especially if the Niners lose their upcoming game and officially fall out of the wild-card hunt.

December 16, 2020 11:55 AM EST

George Kittle: Could practice this week

Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated Monday the hope is that Kittle (foot) can practice some this week, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Earlier this month, Shanahan noted that he was hopeful the 49ers' star tight end could be back for the last couple weeks of the season. A return to the field in some capacity this week could result in that outcome, but at this stage, we'd be surprised if Kittle was available for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

December 14, 2020 2:59 PM EST

George Kittle: May return late in season

Coach Kyle Shanahan is hopeful Kittle (foot) will return for the "last couple weeks" of the season, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Kittle and Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) are slated to begin doing individual work on a side field in the near future as they continue their respective rehabs. The tight end himself hasn't played since Week 8 due to a fractured cuboid bone in his foot, and neither of the players' 21-day windows to be activated from IR will be opened until next week, at the earliest. Shanahan specifically noted "whether it's two games or one game or none," so a decision on Kittle could come down to whether the 49ers are still in the race for a playoff spot.

December 1, 2020 1:54 PM EST

George Kittle: Shifts to IR

The 49ers placed Kittle (foot) on injured reserve Thursday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kittle's move to IR was fully expected after the tight end was diagnosed Wednesday with a fractured cuboid bone in his foot. The 49ers haven't placed an official timeline on Kittle's return, but Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday that the 27-year-old could be sidelined for around eight weeks with the injury. With Kittle unlikely to play again until late in the season, the 49ers will rely more heavily on Jordan Reed and Ross Dwelley at tight end.

November 5, 2020 1:59 PM EST

George Kittle: Diagnosis confirmed

Kittle has been diagnosed with a fractured cuboid bone in his foot, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Analysis: GM John Lynch relayed on KNBR San Francisco that a CT scan revealed the extent of Kittle's injury, which he suffered this past Sunday at Seattle. Placed on IR on Tuesday, Kittle was given a recovery timeline of eight weeks, but coach Kyle Shanahan noted Kittle believes he'll only be sidelined two weeks, per Inman. However, Kittle likely is in line to miss the rest of the season, with the eight-week return timetable lining up with Week 16 at Arizona on Dec. 27. In the interim, the 49ers will roll with Ross Dwelley at tight end until Jordan Reed (knee) is activated from injured reserve.

November 4, 2020 12:19 PM EST

George Kittle: Going to injured reserve

The 49ers will place Kittle (foot) on injured reserve, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: While the team's medical staff has informed coach Kyle Shanahan that Kittle will be sidelined eight weeks due to a small fracture in his right foot, the tight end instead has told Shanahan that he intends to miss two weeks, per Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News. The move to IR indicates Kittle will be out at least three weeks, but it also gives the 49ers leeway in case Kittle beats the odds and recovers (at least is cleared to play) before the end of the campaign. In the meantime, Ross Dwelley will occupy the top of the TE depth chart until Jordan Reed (knee) is activated from injured reserve.

November 3, 2020 1:17 PM EST

George Kittle: Season may be over

Kittle is expected to miss eight weeks with a broken bone in his foot, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The eight-week timeline would have Kittle returning for a Week 17 matchup against the Cardinals, and that's only if the recovery progresses as planned. With injuries ravaging the 49ers' top skill players at every position, the team may not be in playoff contention at that point, in which case Kittle likely wouldn't return to action. Kittle's expected to be placed on injured reserve soon. Ross Dwelley tops the tight end pecking order for now, but Jordan Reed (knee) could return from IR for Thursday's game versus the Packers.

November 2, 2020 12:39 PM EST

George Kittle: Faces extended absence

Kittle suffered a small fracture in his foot during Sunday's loss to the Seahawks and is expected to miss substantial time, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: While the initial diagnosis didn't reveal anything broken in Kittle's ankle, further testing revealed that the superstar tight end picked up a significant foot injury. There's no clear timeline for his return, but his absence furthers the 49ers' injury woes, as Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) is out long-term as well. Kittle is a candidate for injured reserve, which would keep him out of the lineup for at least three weeks. Jordan Reed (knee) could return from IR for Thursday's game versus the Packers, and Ross Dwelley should see an uptick in usage as well.

November 2, 2020 12:23 PM EST

George Kittle: Nothing broken in foot

Coach Kyle Shanahan said after Sunday's loss to Seattle that initial X-rays have determined that there are no broken bones in Kittle's foot, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Analysis: Even given this news, Kittle faces an uphill battle to suit up in just four days Thursday against the Packers. On the bright side for San Francisco, Shanahan said that he's hoping backup tight end Jordan Reed (knee) will make his return Thursday. Reed's much more capable of filling the receiving void created by Kittle's potential absence than Ross Dwelley or Charlie Woerner.

November 1, 2020 4:52 PM EST

George Kittle: Actually dealing with foot injury

The injury Kittle picked up Sunday against the Seahawks has been clarified as a foot injury rather than an ankle injury, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports reports.

Analysis: The severity of Kittle's injury is still unknown at this time, though he remains questionable to return. The 49ers' chances of coming back from down double digits in the fourth quarter are even slimmer with neither Kittle nor starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) on the field.

November 1, 2020 4:19 PM EST

George Kittle: Exits with ankle injury

Kittle (ankle) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kittle limped off the field and into the locker room under his own power early in the fourth quarter. The 49ers host the Packers at home on Thursday, and both Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) have also been forced out with injuries, so it's conceivable that the team could be motivated to err on the side of caution regarding the star tight end's health. Kittle had two catches for 39 yards on four targets before leaving Sunday's game.

November 1, 2020 3:58 PM EST

George Kittle: Makes five catches vs. Patriots

Kittle caught five of seven targets for 55 yards during Sunday's 33-6 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Despite the lopsided scoreline, Kittle didn't play a huge role in building his team's lead as he was mostly limited to short gains. He tied for the team lead in targets but finished third in receiving yards as the ground game took center stage for the majority of the second half. Kittle remains a central figure in the 49ers offense and could be leaned on much more heavily in next Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks.

October 25, 2020 6:05 PM EST

George Kittle: 100-plus yards and TD in win

Kittle had seven receptions (10 targets) for 109 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-16 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Kittle bounced back after a team-wide disappointment last week, reaching the century mark in receiving yards while also scoring a touchdown for the second time over his last three contests. If his dominance as a receiver wasn't enough, the star tight end's performance is even more impressive when you consider he is kept back to help with both the run and pass protection for nearly half of his snaps. Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle) looked healthy for the first time since going down to injury back in Week 2, which bodes well for Kittle's fantasy potential heading into Sunday's matchup against the Patriots and beyond.

October 18, 2020 9:16 PM EST

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