September 20: While Kittle won’t play in Week 2, the 49ers expect him back for the game against the Giants in Week 3, per ESPN. Kittle underwent an MRI earlier in the week, which revealed damage to his MCL. However, he’s reportedly been walking around without a limp and the team is optimistic about his recovery.
As for the weapons that San Fransisco will have against the Jets, the team will see first-round pick Brandon Aiyuk’s debut as well as Mohamed Sanu‘s. Sanu signed with the 49ers earlier this week.
Jordan Reed, who inked a deal with San Francisco during the offseason, played just 10 snaps in the team’s opener but he’s expected to get more run with Kittle sidelined. Fellow tight end Ross Dwelley also is expected to see an uptick in snaps.
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September 18: Kittle won’t travel to New York to take on the Jets. San Francisco plays the Giants in Week 3 and Kittle hasn’t been ruled out of that game. The 49ers won’t fly back to California after the Jets game, instead, they’ll head to West Virginia for a week of practice, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com tweets. Kittle is expected to meet the team there next week.
The good news for the 49ers: Aiyuk, who was the team’s first-round draft pick back in April, is expected to make his debut for the club in Week 2.
September 16: On Wednesday, it was announced that San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle would not practice. Earlier this week, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said there was “some question” about Kittle’s availability for Week 2’s matchup against the Jets. Due to suffering a knee sprain during Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
Shanahan shared that Kittle did not need to practice on Thursday or Friday to play on Sunday against the Jets, but he would need to see him on the field before making his decision on his playing status for this week.
The 49ers could definitely use Kittle in uniform on Sunday with their already depleted roster due to injuries on the offensive side of the ball.
Rookie Brandon Aiyuk To Make His Debut?
Shannon is optimistic that rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk will make his season debut against the Jets, according to Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper
On Tuesday San Francisco signed, Mohamed Sanu, who put up some of his best numbers under Shanahan with the Falcons. Sanu first has to clear COVID-19 testing and won’t be able to practice until Friday at the earliest. His familiarity with the offense makes him eligible to play right away.