San Francisco 49ers: 5 biggest injury risks in 2021
By Peter Panacy
49ers Injury Risk No. 3: Tight End George Kittle
Fans don’t necessarily associate George Kittle with the injury-prone moniker, but the reality is he’s been dealt some notable injury setbacks over the course of his pro career.
Back in 2018 during the preseason, Kittle suffered a shoulder injury that was thought to be serious but fortunately didn’t cut into his regular-season campaign. But on Oct. 31 in 2019, Kittle suffered both knee and ribs injuries that forced him out of the following two games, leaving No. 2 tight end Ross Dwelley to pick up the slack.
Last year, however, marked the worst in terms of Kittle injuries, where a knee sprain sidelined him for two games early in the season before a broken foot landed him on injured reserve between Weeks 9 through 15.
In total, Kittle saw action in only eight games in 2020.
The hope, of course, is Kittle stays fully healthy this season and will be aided by a healthy crop of additional pass-catchers, thereby taking the pressure off him as a sole receiving target.
That said, Sports Injury Predictor ranks Kittle as the most likely tight end to be injured this season with an 89-percent chance of missing at least two quarters, while the predicted number of games is a notable 3.3.
Hopefully, Kittle bucks this trend.