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The San Francisco 49ers face the possibility of losing a top offensive player in Sunday’s season opener against the Chicago Bears.
According to ESPN’s Field Yates, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday that the star Tight end George Kittle is dealing with a groin injury that could affect his form in Week 1.
Shanahan noted that he was “not sure” how serious Kittle’s injury was, adding, “I hope he It’s going to get better. He did a little bit on Monday and didn’t feel good today.”
Kittle is a key part of San Francisco’s offense and is expected to be this year Will play an important role when second-year quarterback Trey Lance takes over as the starter. Having a big head like Kittle as his safety blanket will definitely make Lance’s life easier as he continues to develop.
A five-year veteran, 6-foot-4, 250-pound Kittle has 71 catches in 14 games He was named to his third Pro Bowl last season after throwing for 910 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. He signed a five-year, $75 contract with a $100,000 extension in 2020, making him the highest guaranteed tight end in the NFL.
The 49ers restructured his trade earlier this offseason, freeing up $8.33 million in cap space. One of their best passers. Wide receiver Deebo Samuel is already the focal point of the team’s passing offense, but he will certainly benefit from Kittle’s ability to draw attention from opposing defenses. Third-year wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk has to prove he can be a viable second option behind Samuel.