San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle is inching closer to a return to the gridiron. Kittle suffered a calf injury in early October and has been on the injured reserve list ever since. Kittle is a key contributor to the San Francisco passing attack.
According to NBC Sports, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan wants to ease Kittle back in to football activities. He will participate in his first practice on Wednesday since suffering the injury. Kittle has missed three games thus far.
Coach Shanahan also said that place kicker Robbie Gould and running back Jeff Wilson are on the mend from their injuries. They will take place in practice and Gould is expected to go this weekend. Wilson’s knee injury may mean a lengthier setback.
Kittle’s contributed 19 catches for 227 yards so far this year for San Fran. The 49ers outslugged the Chicago Bears on Halloween, 33-22. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo found a connection with Deebo Samuel in Kittle’s absence from the air attack. Samuel pulled in six balls for 171 yards.
The tight end couldn’t have picked a better time to return to the squad. The 49ers are on the verge of either making a run or falling out of the NFC West race. With Arizona and the L.A. Rams sitting at 7-3, San Francisco will need all hands on deck to improve their current 3-4 record enough to compete for the division.
George Kittle was drafted by the 49ers in the fifth round of the 2017 draft. The pick proved a bargain. Kittle is a two-time All Pro and holds the National Football League record for receiving yards in a tight end. His 2,945 yards were enough to set a record for most receiving yards by a tight end in their first three seasons.
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