49ers’ George Kittle, Kyle Shanahan disagree on timeline for star TE’s return from injury
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle suffered a small fracture in his foot in Week 8 against the Seattle Seahawks and is expected to be out eight weeks. He told his coach, Kyle Shanahan, that he thinks he can come back in two weeks.
While Shanahan appreciates Kittle being a tough player, he thinks it’s better for Kittle to go on IR (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter).
49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan on George Kittle’s injury timeline: “They told me eight weeks. Kittle says two, but that's how he rolls. That's why he'll go on IR and if it's better than what they're saying, he’ll have a chance to come back this year, but eight weeks is eight weeks.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 3, 2020
The 49ers are 4-4 on the season after losing to the Seahawks. It appears the team could miss the playoffs this season after getting all the way to Super Bowl last year.
The dreaded Super Bowl hangover has once again bitten the losing team in the big game.
George Kittle is one of the best players in the NFL at his position. He has 37 receptions on the season for 474 yards and two touchdowns. Since making his pro debut in 2017, Kittle has caught 253 balls with the 49ers and scored 14 touchdowns.
The 49ers will be without Kittle and starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a while. Since it appears the Niners could miss the playoffs this season, some fans of the club are calling for Kyle Shanahan and Co. to tank the rest of the season so the 49ers can get a high draft pick in 2021.
The Seahawks are probably going to win the NFC West divison. There are so many other talented teams in the NFC, making it hard for the 49ers to even get a Wild Card spot, especially now since Garoppolo and Kittle are hurt.