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George Kittle expected to return for Week 3 vs. Giants

George Kittle, 49ers

San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle prematurely left in the first half of their opening game against the Arizona Cardinals due to a sprained MCL injury. He only tallied 9 receiving yards on a lone reception as the 49ers finished the game on a 24-20 losing effort.

According to ESPN, an MRI revealed the damage to Kittle’s MCL, but he was spotted around the Niners’ training facility this past week walking without a limp. It was a good indicator that he will be ready to join the team come Week 3 against the New York Giants.

Backup tight ends in newly-acquired veteran Jordan Reed and undrafted third-year player Ross Dwelley will rotate in the starting position in lieu of Kittle’s absence. The former played 10 snaps in their opening game while the latter recorded a total of seven catches for 38 yards and two touchdowns in the two games last season that Kittle missed.

The 49ers also received some good news ahead of their Week 2 game against the New York Jets as rookie wideout Brandon Aiyuk will be making his pro debut after he missed the season opener due to a hamstring injury.

The arrival of free-agent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu will also provide another weapon for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as he’s expected to make his first appearance for the 49ers on Sunday.

After opening the 2020 NFL season with a surprising loss to the Cardinals, the 49ers are looking to avenge the defeat as they go up against a struggling New York Jets side in Week 2. The team will continue to stay in the Big Apple as they face the New York Giants for Week 3 proceedings on September 27.