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San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle remains questionable to play Sunday.

George Kittle and the entire San Francisco 49ers team had a rough outing in Week 1. The team lost 24-20 to the Arizona Cardinals and Kittle suffered a knee injury that sent him into the locker room early before halftime.

But the tight end returned for the second half and all seemed fine. That is clearly not the case as he will be held out of practice this week.

49ers’ TE George Kittle wont practice this week due to his knee injury, but SF still hopeful he will play Sunday vs. Jets.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2020

All eyes on George Kittle

Kittle just got his brand new $75 million contract and is already dealing with this knee injury. Holding him out of practice seems like the proper precaution to take so early in the season. The New York Jets also looked awful in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, so this is a winnable game for the 49ers without Kittle on the field. Yet there is still hope he will play Sunday after getting the week to rest.

Kittle had a quiet outing in Week 1. He finished with four catches for 44 yards and no touchdowns. He was particularly quiet in the second half, but we now know he may have been more of a decoy given his knee.

The 49ers are already without Deebo Samuel again this Sunday and just signed Mohamed Sanu after running back Raheem Mostert led the team in receiving in Week 1. Kittle is obviously the focus on offense, however, the receiving corps will have to step up even if he can go this Sunday.

Kittle is only in his fourth NFL season and the 49ers will want to be careful with him in 2020. The team has what appears to be two very winnable games against the Jets and then the New York Giants in Week 3. The tough part of the schedule follows and that is when Kittle will be needed most.

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The 49ers are hoping he can play. Is that the smartest move? It all comes down to how Kittle feels and being honest to the trainers about his own health.

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49ers running back swap: JaMycal Hasty in, Tevin Coleman to injured reserve

JaMycal Hasty’s speed and shifty moves wowed throughout 49ers training camp, and although that did not immediately earn him a spot on their roster, he is on it now.

The 49ers promoted Hasty, an undrafted rookie from Baylor, on Saturday to boost their running back depth against the host New York Giants on Sunday.

Running back Tevin Coleman went on injured reserve with a knee sprain, keeping him out at least the next three games. The 49ers also will be without starter Raheem Mostert (knee sprain), so Jerick McKinnon’s workload should increase, along with Jeff Wilson Jr.’s power rushes and Hasty’s change-of-pace speed.

In two other moves Saturday, the 49ers also called up center Hronnis Grasu and linebacker Joe Walker from the practice squad.

Also out for the 49ers are quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (ankle), tight end George Kittle (knee), defensive end Dee Ford (back) and linebacker Dre Greenlaw (quadriceps).

Nicke Mullens will start in place of Garoppolo, who sustained an ankle sprain when sacked by Quinnen Williams; Henry Anderson did not get fined for landing on Garoppolo at the end of the play, a league source said.

The 49ers lost defensive linemen Nick Bosa and Solomon Thomas to season-ending knee injuries in last Sunday’s 31-13 win over the New York Jets. Expected to come off injured reserve in the next couple weeks are wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Richie James, and cornerback Richard Sherman.


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