UPDATE: Kittle is INACTIVE.
UPDATE: The 49ers have activated tight end Garrett Celek off injured reserve for Week 10 Monday Night Football. This would indicate George Kittle will be inactive for the game. Ross Dwelley is likely to get the start in place of Kittle while the latter continues recovering from his knee injury.
Things are not looking good for San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle. After taking a beating in last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, the bona fide No. 1 tight end is likely going to miss this week’s Monday night game against the Seattle Seahawks.
The team released their final injury report on Saturday, and Kittle is listed as doubtful for the game. Reports throughout the week have been pessimistic about his chances of playing, so this is not a surprising designation. Doubtful means a player has a 25 percent or less chance of playing int he game.
Kittle has been one of the more productive pass catchers in the NFL this season. His 541 yards rank fourth among tight ends this season. He has two touchdowns on the year, including one in last week’s game.
Fantasy football analysis, San Francisco 49ers TE George Kittle
This being a Monday night game, there is at least an extra day for him to recuperate. And the 49ers could sure use him against a Seahawks team that has not been great at limiting tight ends this year—Falcons tight end Austin Hooper had 65 yards and a touchdown against them two weeks ago.
If Kittle can’t play—and right now it looks as though he will not—Ross Dwelley is the next man up. Last week when Kittle first got hurt, Dwelley had four catches for 29 yards. He does not have Kittle’s upside, and has a modest floor.